ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A Cardinals fan living in Boston wrote to FOX 2 to share his disgust for a campaign to support the Redbirds. An organization on Facebook called “Cardinals Nation” is promoting the slogan, “St. Louis Stronger.” Boston adopted the motto, “Boston Strong” after the marathon bombings earlier this year. Greg Soutiea brought the campaign to our attention. He says the promotion is in bad taste.
The Red Sox had a special ceremony before games one and two of the 2013 world Series with a “Boston Strong” theme. The “Boston Strong” logo is also mowed into the outfield in Fenway Park. The campaign has come to mean a lot to the people of Boston. It has helped the city heal from the violent week of explosions and subsequent manhunt.
Read more from his letter:
“I am a loyal Cardinals fan who currently resides in Boston. I’ve been here for about 5 years but am originally from St. Louis the other 25 years of my life. I was also at game 2 last night (you may even recognize me as “failed high five guy” from basically every sports website on the internet).
Today in my Facebook news feed popped up a photo of a sweatshirt being sold by a Facebook fan page titled “Cardinals Nation” https://www.facebook.com/CardinalsNation. If you’ll go to their page and look at the photo it is of a red sweatshirt with the St. Louis skyline with the slogan reading “St. Louis Stronger”.
I am so mad typing this up that I am literally shaking. I ran in the Boston Marathon this year and had finished and was near the finish line when the bombings occurred. The term Boston Strong has nothing to do with sports, but is the attitude of a resilient city bouncing back after a terrible tragedy affecting thousands of innocent people. “
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Update: The group calling itself “Cardinals Nation” on facebook has released this statement:
The group is selling t-shirts here.