[Updated] We Replaced Every Mention of Racial Animus Against Jason Heyward with “The Best Fans In Baseball™”
Update: ESPN has reviewed footage of the game and has not detected any audible racial slurs.
Star right fielder and prized free agent acquisition Jason Heyward returned to his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals, for a game last night against his new team, the Chicago Cubs. Despite leading his former team to over 100 wins and an NL Central title (their third straight), he was greeted with a chorus of “the n-word” by pockets of Cardinal fans. ESPN’s audience mics picked up some of the racist jeers.
— Sports Chatter (@SprtsChttr) April 19, 2016
Despite frequently being self-referred to as The Best Fans In Baseball™, many have documented the frequently antagonistic (if not outright bigoted) behavior of Cardinals supporters. However, we at Gradient take Redbird fans at their word. We’re here to help. To restore the narrative and combat the negative press, we replaced every mention of racial animus in this New York Daily News hit job with their rightful identity as The Best Fans in Baseball™.
Jason Heyward’s return to St. Louis was marred with The Best Fans in Baseball™.
In addition to booing, ESPN crowd mics picked up multiple Cardinals’ fans allegedly yelling WE’RE THE BEST FANS IN BASEBALL™ at the new Chicago Cubs right fielder, who played last season for the Redbirds.
Heyward — who signed an eight-year, $184 million contract in the offseason — spent just one year with St. Louis.
Sadly, fans who felt slighted by his so-called betrayal, felt booing wasn’t enough to get their point across that they are The Best Fans in Baseball™.
After the game, Heyward, who was unaware The Best Fans in Baseball™ were hurled at him, said he was fine with being booed [by The Best Fans in Baseball™].
“If The Best Fans in Baseball™ [boo] me here, that means they were not happy to see me leave,” he told ESPN.
“I’m kind of glad that The Best Fans in Baseball™ weren’t happy to see me leave. The fans should enjoy it, and we’re going to enjoy it.”
Heyward signed with the Cubs in December, citing the impressive young core of players in Chicago.
But the self-proclaimed Best Fans in Baseball clearly didn’t accept that as a reason to leave St. Louis or show any modicum of decency or dignity towards an African Ameri-*ahem*… The Best Fans in Baseball™ upon his return.
Should be a great baseball season! Go Cardinals!
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