For various summers, the bald cypress in the yard has been flanked by rival “garden” flags … just one Chicago Cubs blue, the other St. Louis Cardinals purple.

We are a break up domestic when it arrives to baseball. My wife is a Cubs supporter. It is labored out even so, and in April we celebrated our 40th anniversary.

By the conclusion of previous time, the flags had been demonstrating use. Pale by the sun and shredded by the fickle Illinois winds, they needed to be upgraded. So this spring, new versions were purchased and hung together with the bald cypress.

They are in the laundry area. There could be even worse locations presumably, but when you’re a yard flag, if you’re not outdoor you are nowhere.

It was caused in aspect by the once-a-year Fourth of July bash, held on July 3 (Saturday) this 12 months to accommodate perform schedules. They have been taken down pre-occasion and changed by patriotic flags.

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

Everyday living as a yard flag is tough. You are judged not so a great deal on who you are, but what you characterize. These two have it particularly rough in that regard.

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As the sunshine rose and shined brightly Tuesday on to the bald cypress, the Cubs were being 8.5 game titles out in the Nationwide League Central Division and had dropped 10 in a row. The Cardinals were being 9 games back again and, in a latest 13-sport extend from final-place teams, went 5-8.

Observing both workforce has become attempting and tiresome, to the issue Loved ones Feud reruns generally acquire precedence.

Much better to hear Steve Harvey shout, “Survey mentioned!” than to enjoy the Cubs go for 11 with runners in scoring placement, or the Cardinals bullpen stroll batters, strike batters and then strike bats on the barrel.

Soon after final year’s 60-video game virus-shortened routine, we were energized for a complete year. Who knew it would really feel so prolonged by early July?

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

It’s possible a short crack is all this is for the flags. It’s possible immediately after a couple of days it won’t be so depressing to see them fluttering in broad daylight.

Optimists would say they are entitled to an additional possibility and insist the Cubs and Cardinals do as perfectly. They issue to accidents and blame them largely for the struggles.

The reality is each staff has had injuries challenges in this 1st total time back again. The profitable kinds have had the depth and savvy to deal with them.

Arguably no group has shed a lot more vital gamers than the White Sox, however they entered Tuesday night’s game at Minnesota 14 game titles earlier mentioned. 500 and with a 6-game lead in excess of 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 surface poised to operate away from the bungling pack.

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

Nearer to property, as in the laundry home, we ought to determine if we’re sellers. Do the flags go back again out to enjoy, or do we wave a white a person and set them on the market place?

“Cubs and Cardinals garden flags for sale by similarly exasperated house owners. Mint situation. Two pounds or most effective provide.”

Reality is we will not do it. We’ll retain them around, very likely have them outdoors in a week. We’ll watch far more games than we must and curse their inadequacies. And deep down, we’ll think it is sure to get superior.

Fandom is rooted in faith, significantly of it blind. So we’ll adhere with our groups and with every single other.

Randy Kindred is a columnist and retired sporting activities editor at The Pantagraph. Observe Randy Kindred on Twitter: pg_kindred