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Why Cardinals Fans Are Baseball's Best, in 20 Words or Less

After Boz's disposition (cited below) on the merits of baseball in St. Louis, and how we all miss the story because we live on the East Coast, I figured I'd go ask the fans (cited below). Except, in the interest of blog brevity (cited way below) I was gonna ask them to argue that Cardinals fans are baseball's best, in 20 words or less.

Brevity was not running amok in RFK Stadium. Now I know how my editors feel. The best offerings follow.

Mike Dabney of Warrenton: "A picture's worth 1,000 words, right? What's that? [Gesturing with hands in circular motion] That's the arch, the Gateway arch. That's the Cardinals. That's the Cardinals."

Joe Brinkos Jr. of Reston (whose first attempt was about seven times too long, but who gets a pass, because he recognized me and even knew my name from all the ridiculous Bog promos The Editor has been running in The Washington Post for like seven months): "They haven't won the World Series since 1982, but every year the fans believe they're going to win the World Series, and that's passion."

Derek Dewander of Harrisonburg (comparing Cardinals fans and Red Sox fans): "When we went out [to Boston] they was cussing out our players and everything else, but when they went out to St. Louis it was just loyal fans."

(Like this loyal fan, posting moments ago, after Isringhausen's blown save:

If Izzy was a team player he would remove himself as closer. That is the only way he'll get removed from the spot. It's obvious that he can't do it anymore, stop throwing yourself out there. The fans hate you, they've made it blatantly obvious, so just take one for the team and tell TLR you are injured or just can't deal with it anymore.

That blog, by the way, has had more than 400 comments since today's game began. Yowzers.)

Dan Hawley of Williamsburg: "We appreciate good baseball no matter who plays it, we support our team whether they're good or bad."


10 blown saves and 8 losses?....for a CLOSER?...okay if that isn't pathetic pick some other word for it

Curt Williams of Houston: "I think Cardinals fans are the best because we're the most knowledgable and respectful in all of baseball. Go Cardinals."


Absolutely furious. First comment ever. They've got to shut him down. I'm starting to wonder if he is involved in some sort of point-shaving / betting scandal. He seems to will games in favor of the opposition. Just awful.

Rob Smith of Waldorf, describing how one of his friends stole his Albert Pujols rookie card: "I'm going to whoop somebody's [bleep] when I find out who took it."

Matt Hendren of Anchorage: "You get paid to do this?"

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2006; 4:30 PM ET
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Having lived in St. Louis for three years around 1990, I am sold on the proposition that it's the best baseball town in the country. I have a quite jaundiced view of some of St. Louis's other conceptions of itself, but it is a great, great baseball town. The "baseball Cardinals" were not only the lead on the sportscasts, above-the-fold in the sports section, but every McDonald's burger-flipper, old guy in a hardware store, doctor, lawyer, restauranteur, etc., could and would debate their fortunes and prospects cogently and in depth at the drop of a hat.

I can't remember what St. Louis native was traded to the Cards sometime in the late '90s, but I do remember that his high school called off school on opening day (or his first start, I forget) and took the entire school to Busch to watch. *That's* a baseball town...

Posted by: Bill Walsh | September 6, 2006 10:40 PM | Report abuse

It's been said that Viva El Birdos is the best blog dedicated to any one MLB team. I can't say I disagree.

Posted by: Jamie Mottram | September 6, 2006 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Okay, big Cards fan. The whole "best fans in baseball" thing is just so silly. It means nothing, and it is all perspective...every team has great fans and not so great fans. here is what i will say about cards fans - they show up in big numbers everywhere (see RFK the last 3 days), they aren't obnoxious (for the most part) and they appreciate players that do a good job. they were right there with the Nats fans giving Ortiz and standing O on monday. (it should be said that Nats fans, of which I also classify myself, are also fantastic in this regard, for the most part, except for the booing of pujols for no apparent reason).

this year, cards fans are frustrated. basically, the players got real old real fast, and it seems the team did not anticipate this, and did not make the moves they needed to make.

last, and certainly not least, Dan - this bog or gloop or whatever you want to call it is fantastic. This is like the Buster Olney blog for DC sports fans. Your daily roundup is great and has quickly risen to the top of my "must check" sites for each day.

now, just don't blow it.

Posted by: Kevin | September 7, 2006 10:48 AM | Report abuse

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