St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom today in Washington. D.C. "The Man" has been the face of the organization for over 50 years and we pose the question "when I say Stan, you say _____." Cardinals bloggers share their responses.
“When I say Stan, you say greatest Cardinal of all-time.”
“The Man” is the easy answer, and also correct, but truly appreciating Stan Musial and what he has meant to the Cardinal organization is much further reaching than that. Statistically, Musial can be considered one of the top ten players of all-time in Major League Baseball, and that’s a pretty storied history. We Cardinal fans all know far more about Stan off the field as well, so to me, when I say “greatest Cardinal of all-time” that embodies not only his exploits on the field, but also those off it both representing the organization and just being the person that he is. Today is a great day for Stan, well deserved. Congrats Mr. Musial!
Nick, Pitchers Hit Eighth
... the greatest Cardinal position player in history. With a name that crosses generations, Stan the Man was iconic for his on the field play as well as his heroic service to the country during WWII. A 24 time All Star and three time National League MVP, Musial was the core of three World Series Championship teams. Ultimately, his name stands tall even among some of the all time Cardinals' greats.
Tim McCullough, www.futureredbirds.net
... I say Cardinal apotheosis. The nation turned its lonely eyes to Joe DiMaggio in the 1960s; Musial has been here all along as the living link across generations of Cardinal fans, spreading goodwill, embodying the ideal of our baseball hero, epitomizing the Cardinal way. He has been so human, so familiar to us -- signing autographs, appearing at every special game at Busch Stadium that he could physically attend, boyishly playing the harmonica -- and yet so incredibly superheroic, a character from a fairy tale walking among us. In the twilight of his life now, his status as exalted yet humble ambassador is preserved and complete. He may be merely a man -- "the man," even -- but he has become godlike for Cardinal fans.
Matt Philip, www.fungoes.net
Cardinals. I mean, really, is anyone else as symbolic of the team as Stan the Man? Not only his amazing work on the field, where he is rightly regarded as one of the best players ever to play the game. He also stands for Cardinal values away from the game as well. He's humble, he's classy, he loves the game and he stays out of the limelight. He's not a greedy guy, he's not a self-promoter, he's worried more about others than he is about himself. It seems to me the Cardinal organization often reflects that, staying away from scandal and helping out in the community. If the club (and, indeed, all of us) spent more time acting like Stan, the world would be a better place.
Daniel Shoptaw, www.cardinal70.com
When you say Stan, I say greatness. Plain and simple, he was and remains the greatest Cardinal ever. Nothing describes him better than the quote from former baseball commissioner Ford C. Frick engraved on the statue of Stan outside Busch Stadium: "Here stands baseball's perfect warrior. Here stands baseball's perfect knight." And nothing demonstrated the regard in which all of Cardinal Nation and even Major League Baseball holds Stan to this day better than Oct. 2, 2010. The respect and honor shown to him that day was incredible, not just by the fans and the Cardinals players, but by the Rockies as well. Greatness indeed.
Christine Coleman, www.AaronMilesFastball.com