We saw another example last night of why Cardinal fans are considered the best in baseball.When Peter Gammons and Steve Phillips and Tony Gwynn say St. Louis is the best baseball town in America…there are a lot of reasons.
First things first.It’s NOT because of incessant love affairs with the likes of Bo Hart and Stubby Clapp.When the first question of Jeff Luhnow at a winter warmup session is about whether or not Hart is in the plans of the big league club…that does not mean you know what you’re talking about or are a good fan.In fact, it’s kind of annoying.
But the atmosphere at Busch…everyone wearing red, showing up win or lose, getting there on time and sticking around…that’s part of what makes Cardinal nation so great.
Last night…Cardinal fans knew it was probably the last time they’d see Randy Johnson pitching at Busch Stadium.And when he got knocked out, he got a standing ovation from the crowd.
I’m betting when Johnson left his 300th win in Washington, he didn’t get a standing O from the 700 in attendance there.Or in his starts in Florida, or Colorado or L.A.
Johnson will remember that ovation for the rest of his life.Those sorts of moments are what make St. Louis the best baseball town in America.