Cubs, ecstatic fans prepare for NLDS Game 1

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs and Cardinals historic rivalry reaches a new level on Friday night when they meet in the postseason for the first time ever.

The first pitch is at 5:45 p.m. in St. Louis. Jon Lester takes the mound against former Red Sox teammate John Lackey.

Even though the game's in St. Louis, there's still an electric feeling in Wrigleyville. Bars and restaurants are ready for big crowds, Cubs gear is selling fast, and there will be a heavy presence in the neighborhood.

The Cubs arrived in St. Louis at 3 a.m. Thursday and held a light work out in the afternoon.

Kyle Hendricks will start Game 2 Saturday, and Jake Arrieta returns for Game 3 at Wrigley Field on Monday.

Tickets for Games 3 and 4 at Wrigley Field are sold out, so that means you'll have to buy them from a broker or someone who is selling them.

Prices on that market are averaging $450 each. The Better Business Bureau says to watch out for counterfeit tickets. They recommend looking for official holograms, Major League Baseball's licensing logo, and using a credit card that allows you to dispute charges.

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