I’ve got a bit more to say about jersey numbers today. Bear with me. Last week, Troy Glaus chose to wear 8, rather than Mark McGwire’s 25.
“I’ve been 25 a long time. I’ve known Mark for a long time,” Glaus said. “He’s an icon in this city and I’m not going to do that.”
Last season, 8 belonged to Cardinals hitting coach, Hal McRae. I just found out that this season, McRae will wear 15, the number worn by departed fan favorite, Jim Edmonds, since 2000. The news didn’t sit well with me. I don’t expect 15 to be retired by the Cardinals, but I’d at least like to see it put away for a while. Why can’t McRae say something like Glaus did? Jim is an icon in St. Louis. I know what some of you are thinking, so to better explain my thoughts on this, we’re going to do a little role playing (you play the part of You, and I’ll be Me). Ready?
YOU: Mike, it’s just a number. What’s the big deal?
ME: Just a number? It’s not just a number. It’s the number I’ve been staring at from the bleachers for the past eight years. It’s Jimmy’s number.
YOU: Yeah, okay, but it’s not like it’s retired or something.
ME: Who cares if it’s retired. McGwire’s number isn’t retired and it hasn’t been re-issued. Jimmy’s done a lot more for the Cardinals than Big Mac ever did.
YOU: You’re taking this too seriously man. I’m sure Edmonds doesn’t care if someone in St. Louis wears the number fifteen.
ME: What? Pull your head out of your ass! He named his St. Louis restaurant F15teen.
YOU: That’s probably just a clever marketing gimmick. He’s rich. Do you really think he cares?
ME: Yeah. Check out this page from a magazine my mom sent me.
YOU: (After checking out the page here) Wow. That’s pretty heartfelt. He even signed it #15. I guess he does care. So now what are you going to do?
ME: I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to tell my friends, my family, and everyone I know to petition against this move.
YOU: I’m sure you and a few handfuls of people aren’t going to make Hal McRae change his number.
ME: You’re missing the point here. If everyone I know tells everyone they know, soon we’ll have a hell of a lot of pissed off people and then Hal McIdiot can find himself a new damn number!
Thanks for playing. Check back for a second post later today.