Springfield, IL a proverbial ‘house divided’ for NLDS

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (KPLR) - In Springfield, Illinois you’re bound to find baseball fans of the National League Central Division.

“For baseball we are Cubs/Cards, a pretty even split,” says Karen Deen, manager at D’Arcy’s Pint. “We’ve got a lot of Cubs fans and Cardinal fans that work here and come in here and we always have to make sure one of the TVs are on one of the games so that way we can watch both.”

That’s the case with most sports bars here in Central Illinois.

Meanwhile, wearing Cardinal red, St. Louisan Bob Hayes came to pay respects and rub Lincoln’s nose for luck.

“I think Peoria you get into that Peoria and Lincoln area and that’s Cubs country,” Hayes says. “You get down to Champaign and it still is Cubs Country.”

But Mr. Lincoln’s Springfield is pretty evenly split on which side they’ll be rooting for in Friday’s game one of the division series.

On Thursday afternoon, Justin Swan was leading a group of fourth grade students from Paxton, Illinois to talk history.

He was well aware of the proverbial playoff Mason-Dixon Line in Illinois.

“I think we are on it right now once you get to the Springfield area,” says Swan, a Cubs fan. “If you get here or any further south it seems to be a little more Cardinal heavy and the bulk of this is Cardinal friendly. So it’s a fun rivalry but hopefully we’ll get the better of them this week.”

You can be sure half the residents of this capital city will be rooting for the Cardinals.