St. Louis Cardinals remove Christian symbol from pitcher's mound

Michael Vine noticed something on the pitcher's mound at Busch Stadium. (He snapped the pic below, apparently from his TV.)

So, Vine wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper:

Derrick Goold wrote a piece in (June 23, 2013) about a Christian cross etched into the dirt of the pitcher's mound at Busch Stadium. It was I who called attention to the cross, along with what I took to be the image of something commonly known as the "Jesus fish" also scratched into the mound. Goold says that the latter is the number "6", a tribute to Stan Musial. If so, it's a very oddly shaped "6" (see attached photo) and, considering its proximity to the cross, would seem to be serving a dual purpose.

Goold lead his piece with the headline "Mound Tribute," as if there were nothing inappropriate about displaying religious iconography on the infield at Busch Stadium, a place of hallowed ground not just for Christians, but for Cardinal fans of all religions, including none at all.

And there's this to consider. According to the Post (, team owners are the beneficiaries of ticket and real estate tax abatements that will save them $143 million in payments to the city over 25 years, as well as $54 million in state incentives and a $45 million county loan.

The team and stadium may be privately owned, but a they are civic institutions. Out of respect to a devoted and diverse fan base who also has some skin in the game, not to mention a diverse group of players, ownership has a responsibility and obligation to prohibit religious symbols of any kind from being placed in the field.

FOX News picks it up from there:

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the image is the number ‘6’ in honor of Cardinals great Stan Musial who died in January. However, a longtime Cardinals fan (Vine) suggested the image looked like the “Ichthys” also known as a “Jesus Fish.”

General Manager John Mozeliak said he was unaware of the mound decorations until he was alerted by a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“Once we learned of it, I did contact the grounds crew and just asked that they don’t,” he told the newspaper. “It’s just not club policy to be putting religious symbols on the playing field or throughout the ballpark.”

Wonder if Wainwright will no longer be allowed to cross his shoelaces now.

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  1. Anonymous11:11 AM

    Does Fox condone recreating this
    snapshot portion of their telecast?

  2. Anonymous11:38 AM

    Cowards who cower to the anti-Christian network in this country will have much to answer for on Judgment Day.

  3. Anonymous1:55 PM

    Did you ever think that maybe the players (some or all) like to have that symbol there. Many of them 'sign' themselves with that cross when they step to the plate. I have seen pitchers sign themselves before they start a game on the mound. Maybe, just maybe THEY want it there to remind them where their particular gifts came from.

  4. Anonymous2:38 PM

    The whole problem with it being there is that not everyone shares in the same beliefs. There are quite a few players who pray to different gods and shouldn't have to step on a mound with a certain religion symbol on it. Would you think the same if someone had a Star Of David carved in the mound??? Maybe we can draw Allah on the home plate.

  5. Anonymous3:28 PM

    Perhaps Vine would also like the city to be renamed "Louis"?

  6. Anonymous3:31 PM

    How about if a Jewish pitcher wants the star, they put it. These guys want the fish, they keep it.

    But what happens when a reliever comes in after one or the other and wipes it out because he ain't Christian or Jewish?

  7. Anonymous8:24 AM

    It's so amazing how a country that was founded on the basis of respect for God,(ONE NATION UNDER GOD)now has so many people that just don't want any thing related to him in their lives.No matter how much they fight GOD still is who he said HE is " I AM THAT I AM " and his Son JESUS IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.


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