For the second year in a row, the St. Louis Cardinals were listed in the top 250 fan bases by the powerful minds at FanSided. Was this year’s listing kinder than last year’s listing?
The St. Louis Cardinals have one of the most storied franchises in MLB history and along with this history comes the “Best Fans in Baseball.” As happened last year, FanSided again created their top 250 list of fan bases.
The FANDOM 250 lists the likes of “Stranger Things” to Nintendo to our favorite MLB franchise the Chicago Cubs. Wait, what?! Just checking to see if you were reading.
If you missed my reaction piece to last year’s release of the FANDOM 250, jump here. Here’s a quick rundown directly from my piece one year ago:
- Fans of the San Francisco Giants ranked the lowest of MLB franchises on the list at 226. I wonder how excited are they this list? I wouldn’t be too happy, that’s for sure…
- Fans of the Cleveland Indians ranked next in MLB franchises at 198. I’m sorry, San Fran, but people like Tina Fey beat you, but I’m equally sorry to the Indians fans because others like Harry Styles bested them.
- Mickey Mouse will be quite frustrated to learn that fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers ranked 182. Take some solace, Dodger fans, as the world’s favorite- Seinfeld- ranked only one spot higher than you.
- Leaping to the other coast, the New York Mets fans find themselves ranking at number 129, one step higher than Demi Lovato. Am I the only one seeing an odd trend here?
- Brace yourself… The St. Louis Cardinals are next on the MLB list at 111. The store Forever 21 beat the best fans in baseball (110) as did Stephen King (109).
Again, those are the facts from last year. Here’s an update on these same bullets for the 2017 list:
- The 2017 list has the Washington Nationals- not the San Francisco Giants- ranked the lowest of MLB franchises. The Nationals ranked 227th overall in the master list which is just one step lower than the 2016 listing for the Giants.
- The San Francisco Giants weren’t too much better in 2017 than they were in 2016 in that they finished as the number-10 ranked club in MLB. This said, they did jump to 197th overall in 2017.
- The Cleveland Indians jumped up to number six of MLB franchises. They also found themselves improved in the overall ranking dramatically coming in at 111.
- In case you were wondering, Tina Fey didn’t make the list this year and Harry Styles finished at the ranking of 109. To the Indians fans, I’m sorry to report that Mr. Styles bested you again.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers were number four overall in MLB and jumped all the way up to number 51 in the master 250 list.
- The New York Mets slipped in the rankings in 2017 in the MLB division coming in at number eight and ranking 119th overall in the 250 list.
- Cutting to the one franchise that we really care about– the St. Louis Cardinals. Our beloved birds on the bat settled into ranking number five in the MLB list and 72nd overall.
72nd overall? While this is certainly an improvement over the 2016 ranking of 111, I feel that this is too low. Having said that, how does one compete with ESPORTS (what the h*ll is that?) which defeated the Cardinals by one slot.
On the positive side of things, the St. Louis Cardinals did best Instagram by two spots, so there is at least that.
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Let me say this before moving on, I fully believe that the St. Louis Cardinals would rank higher if not for Mike Matheny. I won’t belabor the point (as I have bludgeoned this poor dead horse too much already) but the Cardinals continue to suffer in player acquisitions and now in inconsequential fan base rankings and I blame all of this on Matheny.
As I warned in 2016, brace yourselves. The St. Louis Cardinals, safely ranked at number five in the MLB division is looking up at the Dodgers, the Red Sox, the Yankees, AND… the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs took the top seat in 2016 both out of MLB clubs and took the overall seat in the master list. 2017 had them holding onto their MLB winning spot.
The same cannot be said about the overall ranking. The Chicago Cubs fell to a still-respectable 12th rank. Netflix, Star Wars, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Game of Thrones in addition to others bested the Cubs in the overall list. The Cubs were booted from the number one spot by the Ohio State Buckeyes. So take that, Cubbies!
This fun exercise shows just how passionate fan bases are about their favorite things (anyone else concerned that the song by the same title is too often played alongside Christmas standards?). For the complete FANDOM 250, please visit the site here.