As the St. Louis Cardinals get ready for the new season at Busch Stadium, the team has announced they have acquired…new stadium lights.
The St. Louis Cardinals have a standard to hold. Even after missing the playoffs a few years in a row, they are are known around baseball as a top notch franchise (unless you live in a sewer a couple hundred miles up I-55). For a team to remain the gold standard they have to continually upgrade the on-field product and the stadium the team plays in. We have seen the Cardinals do this with Ballpark Village, the Budweiser Terrace and now this year…new lights.
For all of you readers stammering just waiting to type out how the Cardinals are terrible and won’t win because they are cheap and on and on, just wait. Judge when there is new on-field data coming in to judge them on. I want Bryce Harper as much as the next guy, but I’m at the point where I’ve long accepted it won’t happen and I want to just wait and see how good this team actually is.
No, this obviously isn’t the sexy free agent signing you were hoping the St. Louis Cardinals would announce. Sure that’s a little disappointing. With that said, my initial reaction to the Cardinals’ announcement about the new LED lights they are installing is I’m…kind of excited about it.
For some reason, this announcement by the Cardinals brought on a storm of angry tweeters who filled my feed with just pure anger towards Bill Dewitt Jr. and the team. Can we just be excited about something for once? Most of these people are adults. They should understand how budgets work.
Complaining about the Cardinals spending money on lights while not spending money on one of the big free agents is like complaining to your parents that they bought a new water heater instead of the newest gaming console for you to go ahead and get angry at anyways. Call me brainwashed, call me stupid, but I like that the Cardinals are updating and investing money into Busch Stadium.
Cardinals fans and the team as a whole are again renowned for their class and quality and while the on-field product is the most important part, an outdated stadium with old technology would erode that image. I have no clue if this new light system truly is going to be the “most advanced in professional sports,” but I do believe that fans will be loving this upgrade when they program the lights to do a cool celebration for home runs.
Just be happy and excited about something for once in your lives people. Compartmentalize your thinking. Realize that the club is still looking for ways to upgrade, and although emotions are high right now, we won’t know anything about the true quality of the team until they start the regular season. When they do, trust me, I will judge just as harshly as you do.