I'm a simple guy. I value the basics - things like like simple common courtesy and mutual respect from the people I transact with. I've been giving the St. Louis Cardinals money for a lot of years now. I went to as many games as I could when I lived in St. Louis and I go to as many games as I can when they're in San Diego.
I flew home for two World Series appearances. One of them wasn't a total waste of time and money. I support a Cardinal's blog (that I spent years contributing to regularly, sorry Hooksie) pro-bono.
It's fair to say that I'm a pretty dedicated fan.
Tonight, I received a text message from the good folks at Yahoo Sports informing me that we lost the second game in a row to the team with the most loses in Major League Baseball. Generally, I forward these messages to ATH with something along the lines of "What the fuck is wrong with this team?" or "Sweet Jesus, it's like they want me to hate them."
Tonight was different.
As I was going to read the post-game recap, it hit me. Why am I wasting my time? Why do I care about a team that doesn't care about me? I realized that I'm not angry with the Cardinals, I'm angry with Fresh WC.
This is a team that is packed to the gills with talent. You can debate the worth of certain players until you're blue in the face, but the simple fact is that on paper, this team should be great. We were fairly dominant for a good chunk of the season. We were decent until it mattered.
This team has no excuse for losing to the Pirates. It has no excuse for letting the NL Central slip away. I'm sick of hearing about it being TLR's or Johnny Mo's fault (though I'd love to choke him every time Ludwick jacks one as a Padre.) The Cardinals simply don't care about their fans. The apathy shown by the organization, coaching staff, and players is appalling. We weren't out of it until they decided they wanted to be. They just gave up.
F you, fans!
You may or may not directly support the cardinals financially, but I'm here to tell you that your time is money. Stop wasting your life on team that doesn't have any interest in doing anything other than showing up and cashing a check. Year after year they short change the fans any way they can. The players might as well have worn their gloves on their heads after the All-Star Break. Management makes shitty trades and shovels money at jerk-off's that barely contribute.
The team looks bored being payed millions to play a child's game. 2010 is a big joke and we're all the butt of it.
I say enough.
A professional sports organization has no business deciding for their fans that it doesn't matter any more. Every time they take the field the goal should be the same: bring their fans a win. Whether they're 20 games ahead or 15 games back, 100% is the only level of effort we as fans deserve.
I've had the same Cardinals hat since 1998, the year I graduated high school. I loved that hat and was proud to wear it around the country and get high-fives from other Cards fans. I'm throwing it away. The Cardinals are going to have to earn back my support.
I hope for the sake of all of our readers that they can do it, but I'm certainly not holding my breath.