Boo Birds

A reason why Cardinal fans are often regarded as the “best fans in baseball” is because they appreciate quality baseball.  In the first meeting of the Cards vs Cubs rivalry at Busch Stadium, the best fans greeted former Cardinal, Jason Heyward, with boos.  Not unexpected, but still disappointing.

After signing with the Cubs during the off season, Heyward commented that part of his decision had to do with St. Louis’ aging core of players.  I think the comment was overblown, but he also isn’t necessarily wrong.  The team leaders of Holliday, Wainwright, and Molina are getting older, but the Cards also have a good group of young players ready to carry the torch.  The Cubs have been building a team of young stars like Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler, and the injured Kyle Schwarber and have the potential to break the championship drought.

I don’t fault Heyward in the slightest.  It was never his decision to come to St. Louis.  The Braves traded Heyward and Jordan Walden to St. Louis in exchange for pitcher Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins.  Everyone knew Heyward had one year remaining on his contract and he was open about testing the free agent market.  It’s okay when we’re the ones doing the breaking up, but Cardinal fans aren’t used to players walking away after wearing the birds on the bat.  Of course it burns a little more because he chose the rival Cubs, but with similar offers on the table I understand why Chicago would be more appealing.  It’s time to move on and get back to appreciating quality baseball.

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