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“We gave Derek Jeter a standing ovation for retiring, but even though everyone else did it, we”re going to go ahead and call ourselves the best fans in baseball.” -Cardinal fans, probably.

During future Hall Of Famer, Derek Jeter’s farewell tour to Busch Stadium, the Cardinals fans, like every other fanbase in the MLB, gave Derek Jeter a standing ovation. This prompted the Cardinals fans to start calling themselves “The Best Fans in Baseball.” Do the Cardinals really have the “Best Fans in Baseball?” Signs point to no, and for very good, obvious reasons.

Cardinals fans are very pretentious, arrogant, stuck up snobs that think they are all better than everybody else around them. Here is a typical conversation between me and a Cards fan:

“Oh. You lke the _______.” Says a Cardinals fan, we’ll call him Bob.

“Yes, I do.” I counter.

“Why would you like them? They suck. The Cardinals are so much better.” Bob replies.

Sitting there irritated, and somewhat caught off guard that someone would have the decency (or lack thereof) to bash on the team that I cheer for. It happens all of the time, and I think to myself, “Oh. What a typical Cardinals fan.” Here is yet another example of the Cardinals, and their “Best Fans.” It comes from a tweet from Megan Waterhouse, a Cardinal fan and it says this:

“**** the Royals. ******* hard. Suck my **** *******”

As you can see here, this lovely young lady was very upset about a 6-0 loss against the Kansas City Royals. Here are more examples from the Cardinals “faithful:”

“I’m boycotting the Cardinals until we score more than 2 runs or we make a move & get rid of Craig, Adams, Jay, or Shelby. Or all of them.” -Tevor McGrath

“Looks like I am not going to be watching baseball for a while. Cardinals are really bad… I need football back!” -Noah Carter

“Cardinals are losing. Glad I’m not watching the game.” -Holly Earl

“I don’t care if the cardinals have the best fans in baseball, I hope we boo them from now on until they start playing right.” -Andrew Marler

“Let’s just forfeit the games Shelby Miller pitches so all our other players can rest” -@TheMurderMac

I’m not sure about you, but these tweets don’t look like something that should ever come out of the mouths of the people that call themselves the “Best Fans In Baseball.” The “Best Fanbase” should be the fanbase that supports their team no matter what. Like the Kansas City Royals. The Royals have the longest postseason drought on the North American continent, but we still see “True Blues” out at the game each and everyday. The Pittsburgh Pirates are another great example. After 21 years of not reaching the postseason, their patience was rewarded for those that stuck around for he Bucs. For those that did stick around, I applaud you. Both Royals fans and Pirates fans have gone through thick and thin with their teams, and they’re still going strong. What have Cardinals fans gone through? 12 division titles, 19 National League Pennants, and 11 World Series trophies. Yeah, that’s tough. To call themselves the best fans in baseball simply because they stood up and clapped for a future Hall Of Famer, does not give you the right to call yourselves the best.

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  1. Only problem is that the Royals fan base DIDN’T support them through the lean years, they larwherely abandoned them. They are in the post-season season and didn’t even pass the 2 million mark for regular season attendance. They were in last place in attendance among all teams who made post-season including the Oakland A’s
    with their abysmal attendance records, and nowhere near the
    Giants or the Cardinals both of whom drew near or over 3.5 million. If the Royals fan base is the best in baseball, I am missing something.
    Ca

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  2. Only problem is that the Royals fan base DIDN’T support them through the lean years, they largely abandoned them. They are in the post-season season and didn’t even pass the 2 million mark for regular season attendance. They were in last place in attendance among all teams who made post-season including the Oakland A’s
    with their abysmal attendance records, and nowhere near the
    Giants or the Cardinals both of whom drew near or over 3.5 million. If the Royals fan base is the best in baseball, I am missing something.
    Ca

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  3. Just looked it up. Even in this year when the Royals are in the Series, their regular season attendance was 25th overall in the majors. This is NOT indicative of a fan base that supports it’s team through “thick and thin” as you say. If they don’t even support their team in a year in which they make it to the Series, how can you say that they supported them in the thin years? The answer is that in reality, they didn’t.

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  4. Also, every fan base in baseball has fans who are hyper-critical of their team, it’s players, and/or it’s management. Until recently, there have been KC fans who wanted the heads of Ned Yost and Dayton Moore on a platter, and if they end up losing in this series with the Giants, inevitably there will be some who will crawl out of the woods to say that they themselves knew better than Yost or Moore what needed to be done to get them to win the whole thing. Every fan base has these armchair experts and they have nothing to do with whether the fans are top tier or not. As of now, the Royals don’t even compete with the Cardinals for overall attendance, so you have to resort to nit-picking about some twitter messages to try to make it look like the Royals have a better fan base. Out-draw the Cardinals or even come close to them in attendance and then we can debate the better fan base.

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    • Also, you mention the Pirates as a loyal fan base through thick and thin. Wrong again. In the 90’s when they were division champs three years in a row, they had unsold seats for at least some of their playoff games against the Braves. And last night one of thr Royals players called KC fans the best in baseball. Well, it’s a free country and he is free to believe and say what he wants, but if a fan base that just went to game 7 of the World Series while finishing 25th out of 30 teams wants to make that claim then it is NOT ridiculous or “obviously” wrong (as you would have it) for a fan base that drew 3.5 million to believe the same thing about themselves. Sorry, but the facts that really matter don’t come anywhere close to supporting your contentions. Don’t shoot me. I’m just the messenger. I didn’t create the facts. They are what they are.

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      • To clarify, 25th out of 30 in attendance.

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