The St. Louis Cardinals stink like leftover pizza sitting out in the hot blazing sun right now, so that means fans take pleasure is scolding other fans opinions. You know how it goes in Cardinal Nation during July, whether the team is winning, losing, or thinking about the two: one fan hates another’s take, so they attach “BFIB” to their hateful response.
In case you have been living under a rock for the past six years, “BFIB” means Best Fans in Baseball. Like there was a reality show back then that easily coined the Midwest Birds with the strongest supporters in the game. It’s a lazy term that is used as ammunition in this day and age of sports opinion distribution. “Can’t wait to hear the BFIB panic over this” or “Same old BFIB madness”.
Here’s the thing: The Cardinals don’t have the best fans in baseball. The fan base is loyal to a fault, but are far from the best. There’s a lot of teams out there (not looking at you Miami and Cincinnati) who have fans that would die for some real fun baseball or some playoff sparking play. “Best” is a term thrown around too easily.
I don’t care if it was The Sporting News, Peter Gammons, or Jim Leyland that started the moniker. Fuck them all for having a part in the rise, but I would love for something or someone to help this pointless nickname fall. Let’s end it, because its not being sent out as connective tissue for fans to come together during a tough season, but merely as a tool of hatred.
What creates more hateful commentary that has no real gain: politics or sports? Before you answer, consider how a simple month or two of play of a baseball team can stir the emotions of human beings. Politicians decide world-weary ideals, but baseball is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. Slinging “BFIB” during arguments and put-downs is the opposite of fun.
For the life of Ron Burgundy’s great uncle Odin, be more creative with your put-downs. Why do people use collective parties to create insults?
Here are the facts. The Cardinals aren’t a good team, and lack the proper fundamentals and tools to climb out of a grave. Mike Matheny has no answers, and John Mozeliak put distance between himself and the crime scene with a new job title. It’s like the police force creating a new office so the fall guy can be properly placed for the impending storm of press ahead. This team is shit-and buying a piece isn’t going to change that.
So, the Cardinals should sell Lance Lynn and Trevor Rosenthal to the highest bidder, dangle Jedd Gyorko and Tommy Pham, and check on teams being brainwashed by the 2016 version of Randal Grichuk. Do what is needed before it really gets bad this month.
All of that is out of our hands as writers, fans, and loyal observers of chaos, so why not react better? Here’s what we can do as a collective: end the Best Fans in Baseball routine. It’s bullshit and creates hate, so put it out of its misery.
Then, twitter tough guys will have to get more creative or dive into their stash of gifs from The Office to create mean tweets.
2017 Cardinals baseball is tough enough to watch; the last thing we need is an old moniker or nickname making it worse. Kick out the crutch. Leave it in the past. Gift wrap it and send it to Leyland. Mention the Sporting News twice in a column to make them seem relevant again. Just end it.
This has nothing to do with loving your baseball team, so don’t think I am pissing on good old adoration. There are simply better ways to do it that don’t inspire hate.
Time for a drink. Talk to you soon, Cardinal Nation.