Dispatch from Dodger Stadium: A Cardinals Fan Lost in Los Angeles
This postseason, St. Louis Cardinals fans have taken a beating in the national media. We'd link to all the examples of this, but we'll save you the brain cells. (Getting trolled kills them, you see.) And we know we're the "Best Fans in Baseball," even the players themselves admit it, so we're cool, don't worry about us.
Courtesy Morgan Spencer
In fact, we stumbled across someone who has her own feelings to share on the conduct of the Los Angeles fans. That'd be Morgan Colleen Spencer, a St. Louis ex-pat who grew up in Joplin, lived in the Lou for five years then moved to L.A. for work.
She attended a game donned in full Cardinals regalia, awash in a sea of Dodger blue, and sent us an unsolicited chronicle of her harrowing experience which left her "longing for home." Though there's no way to verify any of the details in Spencer's story, we figure since everyone is having such a good time defaming St. Louis fans, we'd just spread the hate around a little.
After the jump, a Cardinals fan dispatch from Tinsel Town.
SUBJECT: Cardinals Fan Experience @ Dodgers Stadium
Last night was an interesting night; Going to watch the Cardinals at Dodgers Stadium for a Post Season game seemed harmless enough, being that I'm a Cardinal fan that's a transplant California resident from St. Louis. What I expected to be a fun good game actually turned into a near horrifying experience that has left me nothing but longing for home.
First of all, The Dodger fans are a lot like the players on their team: tactless, classless, disrespectful, disgusting animals that are honestly an embarrassment to Los Angeles. I have been to a handful of ball parks including the other two here in Southern California, (Petco Park, Angels Stadium,) and never have I EVER experienced such a rowdy, rude, repulsive, disrespectful bunch of people in my life! (Not even in the thickest of rush hours on the Hollywood 101 Freeway!!) From the second I sat down two hours prior to game time, the chatter I heard rumbling around me wasn't great things about their team, it was horrible things about the Cardinals! They booed literally every time the Birds were up to bat, and then taunted a kid in the bleachers who happened to be lucky enough to catch Shane Robinson's home run ball by chanting "throw it back". They spent a good ten to fifteen minutes harassing the kid, grown men harassing him to throw a well caught, home run ball back just because it was a Cardinal who hit it. That kid didn't care what color jersey the guy who hit the ball was wearing! All he knew was that he caught a home run ball, hit by a major league ball player, and that he had a pretty cool souvenir to take home and show his friends, until the taunting and jeering by the Dodger adult fans finally prompted him to throw it back. It sickened me to watch.
Second thing was, I didn't feel safe! I went knowing that there was a history of rough housing between Dodger fans and their opposing fans, as a single white female, in my twenties, 5'3 and weighing in at a buck ten, wearing my Cardinal gear. I had at least three encounters where I was most definitely sure that I might not make it out of there without a few bumps and bruises. It's not good practice in being a good host to threaten fans of the opposing team.
Needless to say, I have never been so proud to be a Cardinal fan, and a part of supporting a ball club that has such a great reputation and such great and talented men playing for it. Never again will I venture to Dodger Stadium to watch the Cardinals play. I hope St. Louis is willing to welcome me home with open arms because if I wasn't over L.A. before, I'm certainly over it now!
I leave you with this...hey Dodger fans, when you cut your skin, what color is your blood? That's right, it's RED, CARDINAL RED! Stop saying you bleed Dodger blue! GO BIRDS!
Oh, and in case you glossed over that earlier mention that Major League Baseball players overwhelmingly voted St. Louis fans the BEST FANS IN BASEBALL, here: