Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It was a phenomenon repeated over and over at Ballpark Village Sunday afternoon — groups of people walking around sporting a mixture of red and blue hats and jerseys.

Cards and Cubs fans were mixing together, with some just being friends but others actually married to each other.

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It was a sea of red, but with a healthy sprinkling of blue, outside Busch Stadium Sunday. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

“We’re going on eleven, twelve years,” one St. Louis fan explained about his marriage to a Cubs supporter. “So I’m used to it now. It got tougher when the Cubs got better, though.”

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The first of hundreds of fans stream into KMOX’s annual Kegs & Eggs celebration at Ballpark Village. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

Another couple was asked about their mismatched attire.

“He is a Cardinals fan and I am a die-hard Cubs fan,” the woman explained. “We met on He’s trying to convert me (to a Cards fan) but that doesn’t work.”

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A blue-clad Cub mom holds her son, who’s sporting Cardinal colors. “I let him choose which team he wanted to represent,” she explained, “and he chose the Cardinals.” Her husband is a Cards fan. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

When asked about their treatment by the Cards faithful when they come to St. Louis, most Cubs backers said they hear a lot of generally good-natured ribbing, adding that a lot of Cardinal fans actually said they were happy for the Cubs’ success in 2016.

As long as it doesn’t happen again for another century or so.

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A friendship that has survived the strain of the intense Cards-Cubs rivalry. Oddly, there was a lot of this mingling of opposing colors among friends and loved ones on display Sunday at Ballpark Village. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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