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Pollman said she left a replica jersey autographed by former Rams receiver Isaac Bruce at home in favor of her white Cardinals jersey. Stevenson opted for a red Cardinals T-shirt for her first time attending a Rams game. Both planned to track the World Series on their phones, as long as their batteries didn’t run out.

“I’m a little bit worried about that,” Pollman said.

Games have overlapped in St. Louis before. In 1998, players on both football teams were perplexed when a huge cheer went up just as the Rams were about to take a snap. Mark McGwire had just hit his 69th homer on the final day of the baseball season. Moments after the football game ended, the few fans still in the dome let out another cheer _ McGwire hit No. 70.

It could have been worse for the Rams. If St. Louis had won Game 4 on Sunday, the Cardinals would have been playing with a chance to win the World Series on Monday.

Not every fan was laser-focused only on baseball. Retired electrical engineer Jeffrey Miller of St. Charles, Mo., a season ticket holder for both teams, showed up at the World Series in a Matt Holliday jersey on his back and a Rams helmet on his head. He planned to watch four innings of baseball, then walk to the dome for some football.

“It’s a shame because Monday Night Football deserves the attention of the city,” Miller said.

The Rams have problems that extend beyond competition from the Cardinals. In addition to the team’s lack of success on the field _ they were 15-65 over a five-year span before going 7-8-1 last season _ the dome is old and outdated by NFL standards. Average home attendance this season was 55,395 before Monday, second-worst in the NFL, ahead of only Oakland.

The Cardinals’ fortunes have been just the opposite. St. Louis is playing in its 10th postseason since 2000 and its fourth World Series since 2004. The Cardinals drew nearly 3.4 million fans to Busch Stadium this season, averaging 41,602, second-highest in baseball. Not bad for a small-market team.

Stevenson said the Rams shouldn’t take the divided loyalties personally.

“If it was a big game for the Rams, it would be different,” she said. “Because it’s such a big game for the Cardinals and such a big baseball town, you’re going to see the people that are going to be here in spirit and cheering for the Rams but also thinking about the Cardinals.”