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The Cardinals may not need the luck of the Irish, but it doesn't hurt either

On Monday, Kevin Downes brought the flags of his two beloved teams, the Cardinals and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, to his tailgate party outside Gate 5 at Busch Stadium.

Joining him at the tailgate was his friend Lindsey Midlebrook, and many fans who visited the spot to sample his burgers and fries and to pick up on the winning vibes of the Fighting Irish.

Downes is a regular at Cardinals games and usually attends a couple Notre Dame games every fall in South Bend, Ind. The flags go with him no matter the venue. His rule is simple: "When I'm in St. Louis, the Cardinals flag goes on top. When I'm in South Bend, they simply switch positions."

-- Gabriel Kiley / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent