(CBS) The Cubs can clinch the National League Central with a win at the rival St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
The game is at Busch Stadium, not Wrigley Field, and while some Cub fans would love to see the Cubs eliminate the Cardinals in St. Louis, most Wrigleyville bars managers don’t expect big crowds to result.
Murphy’s is the exception. The sign outside the bar reads, “One is the loneliest number.” Manager Patrick Curth expects to do well and has barricades set up or at the ready outside.
“We think people are going to be excited to come out and watch us clinch again,” Curth says.
Others, not so much.
“We’re expecting a better-than-average Tuesday night,” says David Strauss, a manager and part-owner of Sluggers.
“We’re not sure if it will attract the same kind of attention it did last year.”
Merkle’s manager Russ Bishop believes most fans will wait for the actual playoff games to come out in force.
“Some people will be out, but not a ton of them,” Bishop says.
Sports Corner expects only the diehards. And as for the venerable Cubby Bear? It’s closed Tuesdays.
One point on which all the managers agree: They expect to see the Cubs playing in a month. And that will be good for business.