The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 21, 2013

SPORTVIEW: It's panic time already for fans of Pirates, Indians

By Lynn Saternow
Herald Sports Editor

0PINION — IT DOESN’T take long to panic if you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cleveland Indians.

As they have in the past, the two clubs were sporting pretty solid records going into the All-Star Break. Then came the return to play Friday night.

Both teams lost!

Yikes! Here we go again!

Suddenly after only one game we’re envisioning second-half collapses that have been known to plague the teams in recent years.

After all, since the Pirates have had 20 straight losing seasons, it’s difficult not to show a bit of pessimism. And since the Indians haven’t won a World Series since Bob Feller was toeing the rubber back in 1948, it’s easy to see doom and gloom in the future for the Tribe.

But fear not local fans. For some reason, I see good things ahead the rest of the season for the Buccos and Indians.

The Pirates won’t win the division. In fact they won’t even finish second. St. Louis and Cincinnati will grab those top spots. But Pittsburgh is playing well enough to cop a wild-card berth and definitely should finish with a winning record to break the 20-year drought.

And call me a dreamer, but I can still see Cleveland edging Detroit for the division title. Admittedly, the Tribe struggles against the Tigers, but Detroit hasn’t shown that they can pull away in the division race as they lose to other clubs. And in the second half of the season, Detroit has a tougher schedule than the Indians.

And in the end, I see the Indians and Pirates squaring off in the World Series. OK, just kidding. I may be dumb, but I’m not stupid. However, I do see them making the playoffs.

Hey, have I ever been wrong?

ä Speaking of wrong, there’s something wrong with that British Open. It seems awfully unfair to me that the course conditions and wind change so much during any one day.

Sometimes players who go out early have a distinct advantage over those with afternoon tee times.

Yes, I realize that the British Open is the oldest of the majors. (I know the lords of golf want it just called the Open, but we have an Open in the United States too, so who cares what they think!)

And I realize that golf was invented in Scotland and there’s a great sense of tradition in sports.

Still, in truth, those golf courses over there are no better than cow pastures. If that course were in the United States, nobody would go to play it.

The only good thing I see is that the British Open courses and conditions make  all the pampered pros whine and cry.

That alone makes the British Open worth watching for all of us duffers.

It’s good to know that even pros can shoot double and triple bogeys sometimes!

Lynn Saternow is sports editor of The Herald. He can be reached at