In recent weeks, the grounds crew had carved a cross and a No. 6 (in honor of the late Stan Musial) on the backside of the mound but general manager John Mozeliak, who said he had learned about the practice from a Post-Dispatch report and photo, said Friday night that he had asked that practice cease.
“Once we learned of it,” said Mozeliak, “I did contact the grounds crew and just asked that they don’t.
“It’s just not club policy to be putting religious symbols on the playing field or throughout the ball park. I didn’t ask for the reason behind it. I just asked for it to stop.”
Well played, St. Louis Cardinals. This was a small thing, but it might have become a big thing and now it won't. It's good to know the adults are in charge over there.
Last week, I did my level best to distinguish between a religious symbol on a pitcher's mound and a rainbow flag flying in a ballpark. I'm not saying I nailed it. But I gave it a shot, from my own white, heterosexual perspective. For another, different and perhaps more illuminating perspective, here's A Blog of Their Own.