Kids hate the Pirates. And love the Penguins.
I can't blame them. I'd pick Sid/Geno/MAF/Staal over Bay/ADD/Paulino/McLouth any day. The tots are just learning early on that winning makes you that much cooler.
Growing up, I was able to experience winning in both sports. Sure, the Buccos didn't bring home the championship, but I was pumped to watch guys like Bonds/Bonilla/Van Slyke/Pena just as much as I loved watching Lemieux/Jagr/Francis/Stevens/Loney etc. And even though those Pirates weren't bringing home the championship hardware like the Pens, I was still taught to love Clemente/Stargell/Maz and the rest.
I'm done with the forward slash for a bit.
Do you want local sports wisdom from the mouths of babes (kids AND moms)? Read that article. Here's a conversation between a kid named Gunnar (?) and his mom after the kid came home from kindergarten. Don't know why anyone would call their kid Gunnar, though:
Gunnar: "Mom, Josh said something mean today."
Mom: "What did he say?"
Gunnar: "He said the Pirates stink."
Mom: "Well, honey, they do."
Gunnar: "They do?
And Gunnar now knows the plight of the Pittsburgh sports fan. Everything (Gunnar) needs to know (he) learned in kindergarten.
However, despite my love of all teams Black and Gold, I have to make like the kiddies for the current Pirates/Penguins outlook.