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No love for 'Stan the Man'

No love for 'Stan the Man'

POSTED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 5:41pm

UPDATED: Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 8:12am

If you don't know who Stan Musial is, you can doze off for a minute.

Stan "The man" Musial was the man for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

He is iconic along with Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and the like.

You really have to have grown up in my generation and the generation before me to know how much the man was loved and admired.

Last January, Stan passed away.

Even as an old man, you'd see him around the stadium.

He was known for being a great baseball player.

He was also knows for being a Christian man.

He was a very devout Catholic.

So, this season, in memory of "Stan the Man," the grounds crew have been drawing on the pitchers mound.

These drawings included crosses and the number six, which was Stan's number.

Well, someone complained.

And now the young, cool and hip general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals has told the grounds crew to knock it off.

Now, this from the stadium where on July 6, the Cardinals held their annual "Christian Day," which brings national celebrities to the stadium to join Cardinals players after the game in "sharing their testimonies in faith."

They have that at the stadium but could not honor Stan.

That's the world we live in.

Maybe it's not right in some people's eyes, but I see nothing wrong with it.

And it makes me not care too much for the St. Louis baseball organization or their new general manager.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can e-mail me at or facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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As a recovering alcoholic (3 years now) I'm part of a fellowship that promotes a God of your understanding. That simply means your understanding of God isn't going to help me. We are an inter faith fellowship, one of the few that exist. My first sponsor told me " the important thing for you to know about God is you're not him". Atheist have the toughest time in recovery, and are the most intolerant and sensitive minority I've found.

If you get a pas on "pasty white" believers then, do I get one when I call you a nasty black non-believer?

Right and I'm African (black). How many Swedes have to define themselves as white ? You can't even lie well.

The general manager was following the clubs policy of no religious markings on the field. It was not the GM's call but that of the written policy of the ball club. I am glad the GM had the guts to follow policy. I also am glad that I can go to a public event, enjoy America's favorite past time and not be inundated by other people's profession of faith. I am glad this is the world we live in.

Yes, we know your type. As long as the Christians recognize you are the chosen people then we are best not seen.

This country was built on the premiss of 'Freedom of Religion', NOT 'Freedom FROM Religion'. But the St. Louis Cardinals are a free enterprise. If they want to not allow Christianity to be shown, then that's ok. That's business. But I can also take my business to other places and mot buy products made by the sponsors of the Cardinals!

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