Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cubs Faithful Must Root, Root, Root against Home Team

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cubs Faithful Must Root, Root, Root against Home Team

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CUB FANS in St. Louis - and there are many of us - have had to do some serious soul-searching this weekend.

The Cubs are coming to town this week. Should we be rooting for the good guys to sweep the Cardinals and, perchance, knock the home team out o f the playoffs?

The easy answer is, "Of course." But thoughtful Cub fans, which is all of us, have had several factors to consider. In the first place, this is a nicer town when the Cardinals do well. That is, people are nicer. They feel better about themselves. When you feel good about yourself, you treat other people better. The city is never so friendly as when the Cardinals are in postseason play. Furthermore, postseason play means extra money flowing into the city. Downtown merchants especially do well, and for those of us who spend a lot of time downtown and know some of these merchants - I'm thinking in particular of Trifon Panopoulos and the gang at the Missouri Grill - it's natural to wish the merchants well. For that matter, the newspaper always sells more papers when the Cardinals are in the playoffs. Perhaps most importantly, St. Louis Cub fans are treated better when the Cardinals are winning. In seasons when the Cubs do better than the locals, Cardinal fans become spiteful. I speak from firsthand experience. As a proud Cub fan who has often, but always good-naturedly, used this column to remind Cardinal fans of Cub successes and the local team's shortcomings, I can tell you of the hate mail such columns generate. "Go back to Chicago, you jerk," say the more polite fans. Then there's the would-be artist who routinely sends me drawings of Fredbird doing unspeakable things to me. Such spite is only evident, however, when the Cubs are winning and the Cardinals are losing. When the situation is reversed, Cardinal fans are generally good-humored. They tolerate Cub fans the way a family tolerates a wayward uncle. But what can we expect this year if the Cubs sweep the Cardinals and knock them out of the playoffs? Oh, we can expect the worst! Bear in mind, too, that our beloved Cubs, while mathematically alive, will probably have to wait until next year no matter how they do in St. …

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