(TNS) For numerous summers, the bald cypress in the backyard has been flanked by rival “garden” flags … a single Chicago Cubs blue, the other St. Louis Cardinals purple.

We are a split household when it will come to baseball. My wife is a Cubs supporter. It’s worked out even so, and in April we celebrated our 40th anniversary.

By the finish of previous season, the flags had been exhibiting use. Faded by the solar and shredded by the fickle Illinois winds, they required to be upgraded. So this spring, new variations ended up ordered and hung along with the bald cypress.

They are in the laundry home. There could be worse places presumably, but when you are a backyard garden flag, if you are not outdoors you’re nowhere.

It was prompted in section by the once-a-year Fourth of July bash, held on July 3 (Saturday) this calendar year to accommodate operate schedules. They have been taken down pre-celebration and changed by patriotic flags.

By Tuesday morning, the getaway weekend was around. The baseball flags remained inside of and might be there indefinitely.

Daily life as a back garden flag is tough. You are judged not so significantly on who you are, but what you represent. These two have it in particular tough in that regard.

As the sunlight rose and shined brightly Tuesday onto the bald cypress, the Cubs had been 8.5 video games out in the National League Central Division and experienced lost 10 in a row. The Cardinals were 9 game titles back and, in a latest 13-recreation extend in opposition to very last-put groups, went 5-8.

Watching possibly team has grow to be making an attempt and monotonous, to the stage Family Feud reruns often just take priority.

Better to hear Steve Harvey shout, “Survey mentioned!” than to look at the Cubs go for 11 with runners in scoring posture, or the Cardinals bullpen walk batters, hit batters and then hit bats on the barrel.

Immediately after past year’s 60-activity virus-shortened agenda, we were being thrilled for a entire season. Who knew it would come to feel so extensive by early July?

We have to have some time absent and fortunately, upcoming week we’ll get it. The All-Star split will be a respite from Jake Arrieta belt-significant fastballs and Paul DeJong strikeouts.

It’s possible a shorter break is all this is for the flags. Possibly right after a several days it will not be so depressing to see them fluttering in wide daylight.

Optimists would say they ought to have one more chance and insist the Cubs and Cardinals do as very well. They stage to injuries and blame them mostly for the struggles.

The truth is each individual crew has experienced injuries issues in this to start with full year back. The profitable types have experienced the depth and savvy to offer with them.

Arguably no workforce has dropped more essential players than the White Sox, yet they entered Tuesday night’s game at Minnesota 14 game titles above. 500 and with a 6-game lead more than Cleveland in the American League Central.

Is the AL Central a weak division? You guess. But the NL Central is no powerhouse, and the Brewers seem poised to run away from the bungling pack.

The speak in Wrigleyville has been no matter if the Cubs would be prospective buyers or sellers at the future trade deadline. The losing streak has shifted that heavily toward sellers. The Cardinals may possibly have to be as properly.

Closer to residence, as in the laundry area, we will have to choose if we’re sellers. Do the flags go back again out to engage in, or do we wave a white a single and put them on the current market?

“Cubs and Cardinals backyard garden flags for sale by similarly exasperated house owners. Mint affliction. Two pounds or finest present.”

Fact is we won’t do it. We’ll retain them about, likely have them outdoor in a week. We’ll enjoy much more games than we really should and curse their inadequacies. And deep down, we’ll believe that it’s bound to get better.

Fandom is rooted in religion, a great deal of it blind. So we’ll adhere with our teams and with each other.