ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - The Chicago Cubs have left town but Cubs manager Joe Maddon, has left the Cardinals with a bit of controversy. It has to do with what you "can" and "cannot" wear to the Busch Stadium. In this case, it boils down to one word.
Cub fans wearing t-shirts saying “Try Not To Suck” were asked to turn them inside out or wear something else. Sales of the shirts benefit Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation for inner city youth in Chicago.
Even fans root, root, rooting for the home team during the Cardinals-Cubs series at Busch this week thought banning the shirts went a little too far
“In today’s day and age, it’s almost like saying, ‘Good morning,’ you know, so I’m not offended at all by it,” said Cardinal fan Mary Cullins.
“I think it’s fine. It’s for a charity. I think people need to loosen up,” said Marci Lucke, a St. Louis University student from Chicago.
“That term many years ago was very offensive to a lot of people,” said Cardinals spokesman Ron Watermon. “I think over time it’s evolved to a point where it’s in people’s everyday language.”
Busch Stadium entrances do not specifically address the fan dress code under the posted ground rules, but the team website does. It forbids indecent or obscene t-shirts or banners.
The issue is now raging on social media.
Maddon said it’s not offensive and sees it boosting his charity. The Cardinals realize times are changing but also remain committed to ensuring a family friendly atmosphere.
“The reality is given where we are today. We’re looking at modifying that to allow for some of those shirts – in. The challenge for us is figuring out exactly where do you draw the line,” Watermon said.
“I’m not offended by it but I can see if someone was. That’s ok, too, if they want me to take it off or do something like that,” said Cardinal fan Jacque Wright.
“They play worse songs at the stadium that have worse meaning. Wearing a shirt like, ‘Cubs Suck,’ ‘Cardinals Suck,’ that’s the low end of what could be going on there,” said Elaina Ricci, another St. Louis University student from Chicago.
Perhaps the Cardinals will take a simple suggestion from the fans: don't allow shirts that may be seen as personally insulting to someone else. For instance—cancer sucks—but not the other team and their fans.