Cubs, Cardinals fans getting used to new normal for rivalry

Cubs, Cardinals fans getting used to new normal for rivalry

Cubs, Cardinals fans getting used to new normal for rivalry
Cubs, Cardinals fans getting used to new normal for rivalry

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jeff Moran and Patti Carnahan dressed with their Chicago Cubs team for opening day on Sunday. The twins even persuaded their sister, Cathy Ferguson, a fan of the White Sox, to wear a Cubs shirt for their night game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Moran, Carnahan and Ferguson, three of the seven brothers in a baseball fan family, were sitting on a bench outside Busch Stadium when a pair of Cardinals fans extended their congratulations on the Cubs World Series title.

“They’ve been really cool,” said Moran, 54, a graphic designer. “All cardinal fans have been very hospitable to us.”

Welcome to a new day for one of baseball’s best rivalries. Cubs fans had little to say for decades as the Cardinals enjoyed the success of the postseason while “Waiting until next year” became the unofficial motto of Chicago’s North Side.

But this opening day was different. The Cubs are coming off their first World Series title since 1908, while the Cardinals did not make the playoffs last season for the first time since 2010.                                                                            

Cubs, Cardinals fans getting used to new normal for rivalry

“Over the past few years, it’s been ‘Well, here’s another chance to flip it over,'” said Jim McQueeny, a Cubs fan who works at a St. Louis-based marketing firm. “But it’s kind of nice this year, like the World Series champions, who just got to sit down, and I hope we can do it again.”

McQueeny, 24, and his roommate and co-worker Nick Sengheiser, a 25-year-old Cardinals fan, drank a couple of beers as they took the scene near the front of the stadium on a sunny and beautiful day in St Louis. A line of fans waited patiently to enter the team store behind them.

“I mean, check it out,” Sengheiser said. “Everyone is here, having a good time, the Cubs fans and the Cards, it’s a good time.”

Sengheiser said the Cubs title had also changed the rivalry for the Cardinals’ fans.

“The trash talk is pretty consistent, but I want to say now that they have one that you know you have to respect,” he said. I mean, we just want to run this year.

“It makes it more exciting,” added McQueeny. “It adds a new dynamics. Going back like, we’re going to lose two thirds of our games to the cards every year. Ever having a legitimate, objective” We’re better than them “, is a fun new addition to the rivalry” .

Of course, some Cardinals fans are grappling with the Cubs’ title better than others.

Cubs, Cardinals fans getting used to new normal for rivalry

Ted Summers, a machinist from Manchester, Missouri, and Katie Moll, a Manchester medical assistant, walked hand-in-hand throughout the room a couple of hours before the opening. Summers, wearing a Cubs shirt, and Moll, dressed in a shader by Yadier Molina, stopped at a booth to see some memories of the Cardinals.

Asked about seeing the Cubs win everything, Moll said it was “weird”.

“I do not know how to explain it, it was hard to believe, I suppose,” he said. “It’s never going to happen again, and it will take another 108 years.”

“I understand all the time,” Summers murmured.

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