For further proof that a few morons can besmirch the reputation of thousands of fellow fans of a particular team, we turn to St. Louis.
The JoeSportsFan blog today published a series of fan photos from last month's Cubs/Cardinals weekend series in St. Louis. Depicted on one of the T-shirts is the silhouette of what appears to be a person in a sombrero mowing a lawn with the caption: "Zambrano Mows My Lawn."
Cub fans haven't been entirely innocent in the realm of inappropriate T-shirt sales. You'll recall last year's tasteless "Horry Kow" shirts whose arrival corresponded with that of Kosuke Fukudome.
As embarrassingly racist as these T-shirts are, it would be just as ignorant to make the assumption that this type of behavior is typical of the fans of the St. Louis Cardinals. Having graduated from the University of Missouri with thousands of St. Louisians, I can tell you that I've known the vast majority of them to be good, tolerant people with solid midwestern values. Most would correctly agree with Chicagoans who find the T-shirt -- and its owner -- despicable.
So to fellow Cubs fans, I would warn against making the assumption that this is somehow indicative of the mindset of an entire population of fans. Just as the "Horry Kow" shirts don't reflect the overarching mindset of Cubdom.
Still, for extreme fans of either team this will only fuel the fire. And this, in turn, will only lead to more drunken taunts, fights, kerfuffling and general unfriendliness surrounding games played by these teams.
But in the end, this does not reflect poorly on an entire population of Cardinals fans. It only reflects poorly on the idiots who are so ignorant that they have no problem wearing their ignorance proudly on their chest. He's actually doing others around him a service by effectively telling them "I'm not worth talking to."
Not to mention the fact that Carlos Zambrano mows no one's lawn -- especially not with a hurt hammy.
Now, Is This Better Or Worse Than "Horry Kow?" [Deadspin]
The 'Cubs Suck' T-Shirts Had to Be Turned Inside Out, But Why Not the Offensive Zambrano T-Shirts? [The Big Lead]
"Zambrano Mows My Lawn" T-Shirt [JoeSportsFan]