The general consensus around baseball is the Cardinals have some of the best fans in the game, even in sports. They're the fifth-most valuable fans in the MLB, according to Forbes.com, but Bob Warja, a featured columnist for the Cubs here on bleacherreport.com, has some other ideas.
He has called us "stupid Cards fans" who "act like jerks during games at St. Louis." While I respect Bob as a writer, I must absolutely refute his incendiary remarks.
We Cardinals fans are the same "jerks" who cheered opposing pitcher Randy Johnson after his 303rd win. Johnson was later quoted as saying that St. Louis was first "when it comes to all-around appreciation of its players, the history of the game, and opposing players...It's a fun city to come to because you know it's all baseball here."
The whole issue stemmed from our cheering of a "fraud" when we should be "booing him and his liar of a manager in Tony LaRussa."
What Bob fails to understand, however, is, in St. Louis, nobody is ever booed for the sake of booing. I have yet to hear boos audible enough to be picked up by television crews.
Apparently, our standing ovation shows how "idiotic" and "blindingly loyal" we are.
When Matt Holliday came up to bat after dropping a fly ball in Game Three, all of Busch Stadium erupted.
Erupted, not in boos as might in New York or Philadelphia, but with a standing ovation.
As opposed to the Cubs, who have a good man, a Cubs fan, in hiding because he is forced to live in fear of what other fans of his own team would do to him because of his mistake.
What a sad excuse for a fan base. Baseball is a game, and nobody should feel physically threatened because of it.
We cheer anyone who plays the game right, but in the case of McGwire, we cheer good people. Regardless of steroid use, Mark McGwire is a good man.
On a closing note, Bob said his article wasn't designed to "diss" Cardinals fans, something of which he did a very good job. He went on to say that "their continued abuse of ESPN's Keith Law does enough of that without me having to point out the obvious."
I was apparently blind to Cardinals fans harassing Keith Law, but I'm not sure when cold, calculating statistical analysis became a requirement for being intelligent.
Bob's article can be found here.
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