Cardinals: Why Are There Christian Symbols On The Field At Busch Stadium? (PHOTOS)
Vines argues that there are "plenty of Major League Baseball players who don't want that in their face.... There may be Christian Cardinals who don't like it."
Vines is Jewish but says he would not want a Star of David on the mound either.
"You don't have to be Jewish to be offended," says Vines, who now lives in New York City, but says he never misses a Cardinals game.
The Christian faith of Cardinals players is widely documented.
Some will argue the symbols are fairly innocuous, given that they've gone largely unnoticed and even disappear as a game progresses. But Vines tells us that it's poor judgment to have these symbols on the field at all.
"Just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean you should do it," he says.
What do you think, readers? Have you noticed the symbols before? Do you think they're appropriate -- or crossing a line? Let us know in the comments!
Here is Vines' full letter.
Derrick Goold wrote a piece in StLToday.com (June 23, 2013) about a Christian cross etched into the dirt of the pitcher's mound at Busch Stadium. It was I who called attention to the cross, along with what I took to be the image of something commonly known as the "Jesus fish" also scratched into the mound. Goold says that the latter is the number "6", a tribute to Stan Musial. If so, it's a very oddly shaped "6" (see attached photo) and, considering its proximity to the cross, would seem to be serving a dual purpose.
Goold lead his piece with the headline "Mound Tribute," as if there were nothing inappropriate about displaying religious iconography on the infield at Busch Stadium, a place of hallowed ground not just for Christians, but for Cardinal fans of all religions, including none at all.
And there's this to consider. According to the Post (http://bit.ly/1caTLMW), team owners are the beneficiaries of ticket and real estate tax abatements that will save them $143 million in payments to the city over 25 years, as well as $54 million in state incentives and a $45 million county loan.
The team and stadium may be privately owned, but a they are civic institutions. Out of respect to a devoted and diverse fan base who also has some skin in the game, not to mention a diverse group of players, ownership has a responsibility and obligation to prohibit religious symbols of any kind from being placed in the field.