In response to Drew Magary’s Deadspin article titled “Why Your Cardinals Suck,” I decided to write a rebuttal for the city of St. Louis and the Cardinals organization. Just FYI, I did not take Magary’s article seriously and actually got quite a laugh from it, but I still thought it would be cool to write this piece. For this piece to make sense, you have to first read Magary’s article (provided in the link above) because I use his format for this post.
The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night because the Cardinals set up the series so that their ace, Adam Wainwright, would be on the mound in the winner-take-all Game 5. Nope, they “don’t like it when another team like the Pirates or Nationals dares” to beat them, especially this year–the year of Stan Musial. Nope, they have never self-appointed themselves as “America’s Baseball Sweethearts” either, but rather, they are simply chasing after a World Series title–whether the rest of the nation likes them or not.
Yep, they have moved on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, and actually, they should be considered the “lovable underdogs” compared to LA. The Cardinals have the 11th highest payroll according to your site–almost $100 million less than the 2013 Dodgers. Also, according to Jeff Passan, 17 of the players on their playoff roster are making $495-525K in 2013. The Dodgers? Well, they have just 5 in this category. Those 17 players were drafted and developed by the Cardinals. The Dodgers? Well, based on their new ownership and TV deals, they seem content on buying their next title, instead of developing it from within.
Sure, it would be nice if “the Dodgers could sweep [the Cardinals] in one game,” but then the world would be forced to listen to ESPN’s unending love with Yasiel Puig for the rest of the post-season and off-season.
The Cardinals are fu*king awesome, and unlike Tim Tebow, they actually have enduring success in their league–quite the opposite of a one-hit wonder. Yep, they employed David Eckstein, the gritty, “sabermetic punching bag” of a shortstop who played an integral role in their 2006 World Series title. However, they pride themselves on more than just “grit”–as shown by young, budding stars: Allen Craig, Matt Adams, Michael Wacha, Kevin Siegrist, and Trevor Rosenthal.
Sure, there are hoards of St. Louisans who classify themselves as the “Best Fans in Baseball”, but this is hardly the majority. Yet, in defense of them, no one can look past the fact that the Cardinals have averaged 3.3 million in attendance over the last 15 seasons despite not being in the top 50 largest cities in America.
Bernie Miklasz of the Post-Dispatch is actually a very thoughtful writer who means every single word that he writes, so you can leave him alone as well. Sure, he turns many of his articles into narratives, but we love him just the same. Plus, it seems that Andrew McCutchen would agree with what Bernie had to say:
Not the ending we wanted but who woulda thought we would have made it this far? Thx to all who believed in us.A change has come 2 Pittsburgh
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) October 10, 2013
We are “poorly disguised Yankee fans” that are “selfish, arrogant, profane, and miserable all at once?” I am sure Bryce Harper would completely agree with you on this one:
St. Louis! ✈️ Love playing at Busch Stadium! Nothing really like it! #NatsvsCards
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) September 23, 2013
I will now address your last paragraph. St. Louis, the town, is actually not a fu*king dump, and this 2011 Forbes article gives you four reasons why. Sure, things may have gotten worse for the city in the two years since this article was written, but this is hardly the city’s fault. Take a trip around the country and name 10 cities that can be classified as “some magical heartland.” You cannot. Why? Because until the government (Republicans and Democrats) decides to figure its sh*t out, the whole country will continue to struggle.
Lastly, the Cardinals are not a “desperate attempt to polish [St. Louis] for all it’s worth.” Rather, the Cardinals are a local business that managed to excel (while hundreds of others around the nation failed) during the last five years of economic downturn. Why? Because they are built on a solid foundation–the farm system–and have tremendous support–the fans.
I don’t know about you all, but I am proud of the city I live in, and it is definitely a nice place to call home.
Until next time…
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UPDATES: It has come to my attention that Magary has never even been to a Cardinals game in St. Louis. In fact, one of the main reasons of writing his article was to make Deadspin founder, Will Leitch, mad. Good one, Magary. You showed him!
- Everybody Hates the St. Louis Cardinals, Why? (thebiglead.com)
- Why Your Cardinals Suck (deadspin.com)
- A Case for the Cardinal Way (sportsonearth.com)