The St. Louis Cardinals and their fans have taken a lot of flak in the media world over their comments about celebrations by the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 3 of the NLCS. Yes, they seem arrogant, but they can also show a lot of class.
In the 9-0 knockout blow to the Dodgers on Friday night, there was little or no taunting, excessive celebrations, or digs against the visitors from the Cardinals or their fans. There was a shot of Joe Kelly doing a discreet mouse-ear flap in the dugout, but that was about it. The fans had a lot they could’ve jeered in the Dodgers’ sloppy play, but they refrained.
When Dodger utility player Skip Schumaker came up as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning after a leadoff double by A.J. Ellis, the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Given the circumstances of the 9-0 lead at that point in the game, it was easy to cheer a former Cardinal fan favorite. Schumaker, though, also got a very big ovation during the tight and tense Game 1. He came in to bat for Zack Greinke in the ninth inning, with the score tied 2-2.
What were Cardinal fans cheering for? They were saluting a former Cardinal teammate, a key member of the 2011 team that went from wild card to champion. Schumaker was traded to the Dodgers before this season. Cardinal fans know that Schumaker probably helped the Dodgers get to that Game 6 in many subtle ways that don’t show up on a stat sheet. That’s the kind of player and teammate he is. They were cheering that too.
Sara Lefebvre is a St. Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.