This is one of those “better late than never” posts, I suppose. I’ve noticed this for a while and I’ve commented about it a few times on Twitter in the past month or so, but the synergy between the Blues and Cardinals, especially the FoxSports Midwest broadcasts, is something to behold.
Some folks disliked the fact that the Blues had the World Series Champion Cardinals honored at a game, with Tony LaRussa toting out the trophy and dropping the puck, and with constant mentions of the Cardinals players that were up in the box. The thing is, this wasn’t just the Cardinals overshadowing the Blues on their home turf. A lot of the Blues players frequent Cardinals games, and vice versa (Chris Carpenter is in attendance at Blues games quite a bit).
As a fan of both clubs, I love seeing the overlap. It’s not all Cardinals stuff at Blues games, however, as evidenced by this banner hung at Busch Stadium at the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
Well then (thank you to @underthearch for the photo!). And it didn’t stop after the season ended, either. During the June 21st broadcast of the Cardinals/Detroit Tigers game, the broadcast crew brought up Ken Hitchcock and Doug Armstrong winning at the NHL Awards, and also mentioned David Backes’ Selke nomination. On June 27th, during the broadcast of the Cards’ 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins, they had an infographic regarding Hitchcock’s contract renewal. On July 5th they mentioned David Perron re-signing, as well as mentioning that some of the Blues were at the park that day to take in the game.
The best example though of how close the two teams are comes from the players. Cardinals players tweeted support for the Blues players when it came to All Star Game voting and the NHL 13 cover vote, and for David Freese’s bid to get into the ASG what did we have from the Blues?
— David Perron (@DP_57) July 5, 2012
— Kevin Shattenkirk (@shattdeuces) July 5, 2012
Factor in this from Freese to Perron, and well… you get the idea:
— David Perron (@DP_57) July 6, 2012
It’s fun for the fans to see that the players on both teams are fans themselves, and it’s great for St. Louis sports teams to care about the success of the other. It speaks volumes on the city as a sports town.
Wait, synergy with the Rams, you ask? St. Louis has a pro football team? Tell me more.