Two Christian symbols were recently removed from the dirt of the pitcher’s mound at Busch Stadium after a St. Louis Cardinals fan complained.
Michael Vines noticed what appeared to be a Christian cross and a fish symbol drawn into the mound last month.
“That’s when I realized they were doing it all year,” Vines told the Riverfront Times. “I was shocked I hadn’t noticed.”
Vines wrote a letter to the St. Louis Cardinals about displaying “religious iconography on the infield at Busch Stadium, a place of hallowed ground not just for Christians, but for Cardinal fans of all religions, including none at all.”
The team said the grounds crew had been carving the number "6" into the pitcher's mound dirt in honor of Cardinals legend Stan Musial, who passed away in January, but why the religious symbols were there was not clear.
“Once we learned of it, I did contact the grounds crew and just asked that they don’t [know why the symbols were there]," St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis-Dispatch. “It’s just not club policy to be putting religious symbols on the playing field or throughout the ballpark. I didn’t ask for the reason behind it. I just asked for it to stop.”
In response, Fox News' guest host and conservative commentator Laura Ingraham tweeted:
"The #Cardinals Gen Mgr shd start referring to his team as just the 'Louis Cardinals' then."