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Friday, August 8, 2014

Busch Stadium Bars Red Sox Fan from Cardinals Game Because of Face Paint

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge Dustin Glastetter wasn't allowed at the Cardinals game with his face looking like this. - DUSTIN GLASTETTER
  • Dustin Glastetter
  • Dustin Glastetter wasn't allowed at the Cardinals game with his face looking like this.

Dustin Glastetter is a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan with a dirty little secret: he also loves the Boston Red Sox.

A life-long resident of Missouri, Glastetter, 32, goes to more than 25 Cardinals games a year and can rattle off the team's stats and history with ease. He's not a rich guy, but he'll happily cough up the big bucks for a seat in the all-inclusive green seats near home plate just to be as close to the action as possible.

"The Cardinals are my No. 1 team -- unless it's Boston," he tells Daily RFT. His admiration for the franchise turned into full-fledged fandom when Boston drafted two of his buddies. "When they're in town, I'm a Red Sox fan."

That's a tough loyalty for Cards fans to swallow, especially after losing the World Series to the Sox twice in the last ten years. Earlier this week, a survey of baseball fans showed the Red Sox are the team Missouri hates the most. (Take that, Cubs.)

See also: The St. Louis Cardinals Is One of America's Most Hated Sports Teams: Survey

So when Major League Baseball scheduled Boston to play in St. Louis on August 6, Glastetter knew he had to turn up in full force. Just to be safe, he called the Cardinals front office to make sure he'd be allowed to cover his face in paint and wear the five-dollar, spiky blue wig he's owned for years. They said as long as he wasn't wearing a costume or mask, he'd be fine.

But he wasn't fine. After one glance at his Boston makeup, officials told Glastetter that he wouldn't step foot in Busch Stadium as long as his face was painted, he says.

"This is honestly the first place I've ever been to that has said this isn't allowed," Glastetter says. "I live here. If I'd have been in Cardinals colors, it would have been completely different. I have no doubt in my mind."

Busch Stadium officials tell Daily RFT that Glastetter was not singled out for his face paint because he is a Red Sox fan, but since rules about costumes are up to staff discretion, they can't be "100 percent consistent." (Officials say they'll update Daily RFT after an investigation, and we'll update this story when we hear back.)

Get the play-by-play of Glastetter's multiple attempts to enter Busch Stadium with face paint on page two.

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