In this time of crisis, the St. Louis Cardinals do the right thing
By Matt Graves
The St. Louis Cardinals continue to prove they are there for their employees by establishing another $1M relief fund for their workers.
If you are in the unfortunately large group of workers in the country that are unable to work due to the current pandemic the country is going through, I truly feel for you and am among you. Many places of business are doing their best to keep their employees compensated during this time, and the St. Louis Cardinals are among them.
Not all businesses can afford to pay their employees during this time, but as many fans cry and gripe about, the Cardinals don’t fall under businesses in danger during this break from business.
While the team is certainly cash-negative, the “Bank of St. Louis,” as Scott Boras once said surely has plenty of reserve cash.
Making the right move, the Cardinals have put their employees first and established a $1M fund for their ballpark employees and other support staff. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch did a great job of covering the story in this article, but it really is great to see the team doing this.
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The fund, formed by the Cardinals’ own charitable organization Cardinals Care, is actually the second fund created by the team, but it will last through mid-May, which is as long as the current delay is “scheduled” to last, although it may be longer.
Of the fund, Bill DeWitt III said, “Providing financial support for our seasonal and game-day employees is critical, and we consider all Busch Stadium workers—regardless of what company name is on their paycheck—to be part of the Cardinals family.”
One of the most important pillars of business leadership and company culture is to put your employees first, and the Cardinals are truly doing well by taking care of their employees in this way.
Ideally, there is baseball by the time this fund ends, even if it isn’t being played in St. Louis. I hope the team continues to take care of their employees, but for now, they are doing a great job.