Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Fans Flock to a Chicago Bar Where Those Cheering for Cubs Stay Clear

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Fans Flock to a Chicago Bar Where Those Cheering for Cubs Stay Clear

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CHICAGO * All 15 televisions were tuned to the Cubs and Cards game Monday evening.

But not a single Cubs fan could be found. Sedgwick's Bar and Grill, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, is Cardinals country.

By the time the first pitch was thrown, every table was filled. Manager and bartender Brad Mueller, originally from Chesterfield, was sporting a Cardinals T-shirt with "Ankiel" across the back. A Stan Musial jersey is displayed behind the bar.

Mueller got a job here after coming to watch Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.

"This is my third postseason working here. Every year, it gets crazier and crazier," Mueller said. During the first two games of the Cubs-Cards series about seven hours of baseball the bar sold 130 cases of Bud Light and 60 cases of Budweiser.

Cubs fans do come in once in a while, but never in large numbers, he said.

"I wish they wouldn't, but we will take their money," Mueller said.

Two hours before Monday's game, customers were filing in to order buckets of Budweiser long necks, and eat toasted ravioli and Imo's Pizza .

"It's like family here. It's the closest thing we have to Cardinal Nation," said Fenton native Cassie Schimsa, who moved to Chicago in 2012 .

"There's a lot of trash talk out there," she said, pointing out the window. "But in here it's a safe haven."

She, like many of the fans here, sought out a place to watch Cardinals games and Sedgwick's popped up in her online search. Others heard about it from friends who are Cubs fans.

Kathy and Rich Hodits from Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., were visiting their son, Blake, who has lived in Chicago for 13 years.

Rich's dad used to take him to games at Sportsman's Park.

"When I found out he was moving to Chicago for work, I said: 'You can't become a Cubs fan,'" Rich said, nodding to his son.

"Yeah, that's about the first thing he said," Blake said.

Heather Lux, from Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Katelyn Holst, who grew up in Iowa, met as students at St. Louis University, where they caught Cardinals fever. …

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