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Cardinals news and notes: Team changes, Pride Night, and the Phillies

6/9 was a nice day in St. Louis. Here’s what you may have missed. There was a lot!

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As noted by Heather Simon during yesterday’s Hunt and Peck section, and first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold, the St. Louis Cardinals are planning on a Pride Night at some point in the near future, no later than 2018. I suggested this event a couple weeks ago, and while I was flattered by the countless people who let me know about this and suggested that my post was a contributing factor in the announcement, I commend the Cardinals organization and suspect that this event was in the works for quite some time.

Before I go about listing the other posts from Viva El Birdos from yesterday, I have a few other observations on Pride Night that didn’t quite necessitate a full post but I wanted to express:

  • The notion that St. Louis was uniquely incapable of hosting a Pride Night was always patently ridiculous. It was backed by nothing. These events are criticized everywhere—they were criticized in San Francisco and they are criticized in St. Louis.
  • I received more positive commendations on my Pride Night post than any other posts I’ve ever written. Even if we went by net positive comments, subtracting each negative from the positives, it was still probably my most popular piece ever. Were there negative comments and criticisms? Sure. And I expected there would be. But the post, and more importantly the idea, was overwhelmingly praised.
  • This, of course, didn’t stop countless opportunists from magnifying the negative comments. The dozens of negative comments and replies received far more attention than the hundreds of positives ones, not to mention how many people shared the post. At which point, it is fair to ask about the motivations of those who twisted the response. What purpose, after all, did it serve to cherry-pick the negatives? To try shaming the Cardinals into avoiding social progress? It sure seems to me that those purporting to care about combating homophobia care more about preserving their online brands or their sense of moral superiority than any degree of social good.

Okay, I’m done. Here are the posts from yesterday: