It's been the worst kept secret in minor league baseball that the Cubs were pulling out of Peoria and moving up the road to Kane County. Today the Peoria Chiefs were able to sign a four year player development contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
I'm not happy about losing the Cubs, but the next best option moved back into Peoria. This is good for baseball in Peoria. Silver lining? Yep, I suppose so.
There's a solid Cardinal fan base in Peoria, and some would argue that it is stronger than the Cubs'. I'm not a Cardinal hater and I've been known to root for them in the playoffs on occasion. That being said, I'll still frequent games, but probably with not the same appetite I once had.