KC Royals fans were rated the most likeable in all of major-league baseball by USA Today writer Luke-Kerr Dineen. The best part is that he also ranked St. Louis Cardinals fans dead last.
Dineen cited Kansas City Royals fans extreme loyalty in ranking them the most likeable fan base in baseball, paired with a picture of the 2015 World Series parade in Kansas City. He also mentions that Kansas City is probably the best baseball town in the country.
Just behind KC Royals fans, Dineen rated Oakland A’s fans, Pittsburgh Pirates fans, Cincinnati Reds fans, and Minnesota Twins fans. Given that all of Dineen’s top five are small-market teams, it’s not surprising that Kansas City Royals fans come out on top.
Yet, Dineen doesn’t like ALL small market fanbases. The most delicious part of his ranking comes when he puts St. Louis Cardinals fans dead last. How great is that? Dineen seems to think that Cardinals fans are so obnoxious that no explanation is really required.
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I guess any group of people who like to style themselves the “Best Fans In Baseball” annoys Dineen as much as they have KC Royals fans for years. Hey, just this season, Cardinals fans gave up trolling the #Royals twitter hashtag about the Don Denkinger game from 30-years ago during this season’s inter-league match-up. They probably realized that now, KC Royals fans could retort by pointing to the 2015 World Series flag flying over Kauffman Stadium.
Somehow, I suspect that Dineen failed to consult fans of the Oakland A’s, Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, or the New York Mets about the likeability of Kansas City Royals fans. But, hey, do any of them have a story as good as Sung Woo Lee? Heck, they’re even making a MOVIE about Sung Woo.
I think not. Sung Woo fell in love with the Kansas City Royals over 20 years ago back when they were still terrible and followed them from South Korea. Now that’s loyalty.