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Red Sox Take Full Page Ad to Thank St. Louis Cardinals, Rub Salt in Wound

The Red Sox took out a full page ad thanking St. Louis, but it had to rub some salt in the wounds of Cardinals fans just one week removed from coming up short in the World Series. (Image courtesy of the Boston Globe)

On Tuesday, almost a week after the Boston Red Sox clinched the 2013 World Series title (!), Red Sox ownership took out a full page ad in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a thank you to the city of St. Louis and the Cardinals organization.

The ad — which you can see here, courtesy of the Boston Globe – is a classy (albeit fairly standard) gesture from the winning team (!!), a thoughtful note acknowledging St. Louis as the home of a great franchise and fan base complete with a photo of two young fans of each team side by side. (Side note: mad props to the Red Sox fan for shaving the stripes in his hairdo just like his heroes on the Red Sox roster. Though he really could have put in a little more effort on the facial hair front…)

Still, you can’t help but think that ad had to sting a little bit for Cardinals fans. Just when they’re starting to get over the Red Sox beating them in the World Series (!!!), BOOM! there’s a full page ad reminding you that you and your team were really wonderful losers. If you think that was bad, though, you should read the original ad that was sent to the Red Sox PR department to be vetted and edited…

On behalf of our partners and the entire Red Sox organization, take that/up yours/suuuuck iiiitttt (choose best one) thank you St. Louis. The warm Midwestern (sorry for snickering) welcome you extended to our team and our fans during this year’s hard-fought World Series is truly that of a NL franchise  - I mean, who has the pitcher hit instead of a DO (designated Ortiz)? appreciated. Your region, its people, and the entire Cardinals organization represent everything that’s great about baseball. Or so it seems from first place, which would be the one thing you’re missing.

We share the same colors and rich, storied baseball history that stretches from Musial and Williams, to Molina and Pedroia. We’re both home to the most loyal, passionate fans in the game (for the record, we’re 1A). And the four World Series in which we’ve gone head-to-head are all etched in the memories of those who love our sport (the last two especially, HAHA).

So we flash our bling tip our caps to each and every one of you. We look forward to seeing you again next August. Let’s hope that it’s just a prelude to beating you meeting again in October.

About Nick Bohlen - @ndbohlen

Nick is an editor and regular contributor for the Patriots, Celtics, and Red Sox sections of SoB. (Despite growing up in Vermont, just a short drive from Canada, hockey never really caught on with him.) Follow him on twitter: @ndbohlen

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