The Wall Street Journal ran an article the other day in which it determined that the Cardinals are the most “hateable” team in baseball. Even someone like me who enjoys giving crap to a certain segment of Cardinals fans from time to time can see that that little exercise was gamed — one of the criteria was “are your fans considered ‘The Best Fans in Baseball'” with attendant demerits — and was a clear effort at trolling Cardinals fans. Which I heartily endorse, even if we must call it out for what it was.
The proper response when you’re being trolled like that is to take on a “haters gonna hate” stance or ignore it completely. The Mayor of St. Louis was given space at the Wall Street Journal today to respond to it. He sort of said haters gonna hate, but offered more too. In a mock apology to those who hate the Cardinals, he offered a bunch of civic accomplishments of St. Louis and basically said “we’re sorry we’re so awesome, America.” As for baseball:
You see, while you might think of St. Louis as flyover country and not pay us much due, we’re kind of a big deal come October on Major League Baseball diamonds. In fact, we’re kind of a big deal for a number of reasons . . . Sure, we’re sorry the Cardinals have won 11 World Series championships, two since 2006 . . . we here in the Midwest are not a boastful people. We’re humble and quietly go about our business, inventing the things you use every day, entertaining you, finding employment for your citizens and handing you losses on the baseball field regularly. (We’re especially sorry to Chicago.)
Don’t hate us because we’re beautiful here in St. Louis. But if you do, just know that we’re sorry. Go Cards!
Last I checked, no one mocked the Cardinals and their fans for coming from “flyover country.” Heck, I live in flyover country myself. They mocked them for thinking they lived in the center of the baseball universe in a position over and above that of any other baseball team and fan base. That they were, I dunno, “kind of a big deal.”
So I guess whether this satisfies you or, alternatively, whether you think he went a bit too far with it and probably proved too much is for you to decide.