St. Louis Cardinals Remove Christian Symbol from Pitcher’s Mound

You may recall that an eagle-eyed St. Louis Cardinals fan recently noticed that there were Christian symbols on the mound when Adam Wainwright was pitching:

As you can see, there’s a cross on the mound (as well as something that looks like a Jesus Fish but is actually a number 6 in honor of Cardinals great Stan Musial).

After various news reports on the Christian symbols reached the team’s general manager John Mozeliak, he decided to take action. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the happy follow-up:

[Mozeliak] said Friday night that he had asked that the practice cease.

“Once we learned of it,” said Mozeliak, “I did contact the grounds crew and just asked that they don’t.

“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.”

This isn’t an attack on Christianity, as I’m sure some right-wing websites will make it out to be. This is just one of those practices that can so easily get out of hand — hello Wiccan and atheist and Muslim symbols! — that it’s just better to put a stop to it now.

Looks like it’s helping — the Cardinals won their games on Friday and Saturday :)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.