Wow! After reveling in happiness of the Giants really, really long-shot of making it,once again to the World Series, I was very quickly yanked back to reality this morning when a respected website brought my attention to “way too many” tweets posted by some very misguided Cardinal fans last night. Maybe it’s the sign of the times, the state of our country, the desperate need to find something good in our lives. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t reflect well on the St Louis Cardinal fans.
Back in 2011 I posted a blog about “Those Classy Cardinals” and I meant it. It was one of my favorite postings. They’d been voted the best fans in Major League Baseball and there was a reason for it. They were knowledgeable and they were polite and they were one of my favorite teams. Busch Stadium has been on my bucket list of places to visit ever since. My least favorite team was the Phillies and it was also because of the fans. They were nasty and hateful not only in their tweets and blogs but also when you visited their stadium as evidenced by the Giants entry into the playoffs and their treatment of Tim Lincecum and others.
This is worse. I’ve always tried to make this a kid-friendly blog because, after all, isn’t that what baseball’s all about? But I’m sure not above linking to it and here it is in case you want a dose of early morning reality, “Baseball’s Best Fans“. Yeah, right.
This World Series is historic in that it’s the first World Series that will be played by two Wild Card teams each with under 90 wins in the regular season. I’m a baseball fan first, and a SF Giants fan second. And,to tell you the truth, I know squat about the Kansas City Royals. But no matter how the series goes, the best team, for this year, in this series, is going to win. And not because the umpires made a bad call or the pitcher(s) weren’t spot on, or someone’s out on the DL. It’s because the best team always wins. And if you’re such a sorry individual you can’t take it and it’s too much for you because it wasn’t your team who prevailed, well suck it up. This is baseball and it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s for the love of the game ……whether you like it or not.
GO GIANTS AND GO ROYALS! May the best team win ….. and they will.
Note: To clarify that last paragraph. The tweets that were posted on that site, and there were hundreds of them, were so vile, so full of hatred and bigotry, and spewed such filth it made them almost unintelligible. You would almost have to have read it to understand my response. However, the powers-that-be took the blog down within minutes of my posting so that it’s no longer available, and that’s a good thing. I’m even a little embarrassed that I tried to share it with you in the first place, it was that bad.
I lost all respect for Cardinals fans after hundreds of them bullied a handful of black protesters and showed their true racist side,
While I agree that there are certainly some deplorable Cardinals fans out there, not all are that way. Me, for one. I live 200 miles from St. Louis and only go to a couple games a year so I have absolutely no connection to anything that’s occurred in Ferguson or St, Louis and shouldn’t be categorized as having anything to do with that just because of the baseball team I’ve loved for years. I think the rise of social media and especially Twitter has given a more visible presence to the “bad seeds,” so to speak, who in all likelihood are not unique to the Cardinals fan base.
This is a great comment. I was so upset when I was responding to the jerks who did the original tweets I forgot to take into account what a very small minority they really are. And I”m sure it’s the same everywhere and something every team has to deal with this. Four years ago, when I began my love affair with the Cardinals, Facebook and Twitter were the new kids on the block. Not so now. Thanks for sharing.