Mike Trout and the Angels came from behind to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Cards fans at Busch Stadium weren’t happy.
The self-proclaimed best fans in baseball very rarely jeer their own, but the St. Louis Cardinals players, coaches and front office surely understand the position they are in.
At 10-21, the Cards are in last place in the NL Central, a solid 10 games behind the first place Pirates. Pittsburgh has lost two straight games to the Rays, but the Cardinals have failed to make up much ground in that time.
With a ninth-inning lead against the Angels on Wednesday night, they had a rare chance to chip away. Instead, Mike Trout made them pay, followed shortly by Shohei Ohtani putting them to sleep.
The boo birds were out at Busch last night. It was impossible not to hear them after Giovanny Gallegos blown save.
Cardinals: Oli Marmol addresses fan frustration
All along, the Cards front office has preached patience. Mike Girsch did so again earlier this week, but the player and manager haven’t answered the call. An unnecessary loss to the Angels isn’t going to cut it. Neither is Marmol’s response to fan frustration.
“So to sit here and think that other people are more frustrated than the people in this clubhouse is insane. Absolutely insane, I can tell you that,” Marmol said. “Every single coach in that clubhouse loses sleep over trying to improve what’s going on at the moment.”
Surely, fans understand that Marmol, his coaching staff and the players are putting their best foot forward. The frustration lies in a lack of movement by the front office, or willingness to try anything but the same old Cardinal Way.
Clearly, it’s not working. Decisions that should have been made this offseason are instead hurting the team a month into the season.
Don’t gaslight an entire fanbase. Marmol knows better.