Jim Edmonds is showing his Cards.
The St. Louis Cardinals had another disappointing outing last night, suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of the Houston Astros. The game was pretty much one-sided, with a score of 9-0 in favor of the Astros by the bottom of the seventh inning.
As the broadcast crew of Chip Caray and Jim Edmonds of Bally Sports Midwest struggled to fill time, the conversation took an unexpected turn towards people reaching out to Edmonds with their love for baseball in their respective areas.
Interestingly, these individuals also seem to use Edmonds as a sounding board to express their dissatisfaction with changing racially insensitive team names, finding a sympathetic ear in him.
Edmonds expressed his surprise at the changes that have taken place, specifically mentioning the transformation of the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians. He mentioned that his wife has Native American heritage, and he had always viewed having a team named after Native Americans as something cool and not negative.
He also mentioned the Washington Redskins in this context.
“I’m still shocked that we’ve changed so much as a whole that we’re not allowed to have the Cleveland Indians anymore — the Guardians. And I’m saying that, too because my wife is partial Native American, Indian and, you know, I just, I always thought it was kind of a cool thing,” Edmonds said. “Not a bad thing to have a team named after, the Indians or vice versa, whatever, the Washington Redskins. All that stuff.”
"I always thought it was kind of a cool thing, not a bad thing, to have a team named after the Indians or vice versa, whatever, the Washington Redskins."
Yep, Jim Edmonds went there. pic.twitter.com/fKSapGUOkc
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) June 30, 2023
Jim Edmonds, everybody. pic.twitter.com/viMXaMH6UO
— Chad Finn (@GlobeChadFinn) June 30, 2023
While this is Edmonds’ personal opinion and he is entitled to it, it did catch Caray off-guard. Fortunately, the timing worked in Caray’s favor as the inning ended with a groundball to second base, saving him from having to navigate further through this conversation.
Unsurprisingly, this moment has stirred up a lot of discussion on right-wing media platforms, with some claiming that those who express concern about racially insensitive team names were “triggered.” However, the accuracy of these claims is uncertain as one can always find tweets about any subject.
It’s not surprising that many people share Edmonds’ opinions, but it was an odd choice to interject such a conversation into an otherwise uneventful Thursday night broadcast.
It’s unlikely that this topic will be revisited in future broadcasts.