Fans of the Cardinals, in typical self-congratulatory fashion, refer to themselves as the Best Fans in Baseball. They, of course, can suck it. Because if suffering tests faith, baseball fans on our side of the state have the patience of Job. Restaurants serving bad food don't have a huge return business, and doctors who routinely commit malpractice tend to lose patients. Yet the Royals drew, on average, more than 20,000 fans per game in 2011. St. Louis fans should ask themselves if they would passionately support their team after a quarter century of incompetence. It isn't a question of whether Royals fans are better fans than our cross-state rivals. It's a wonder that Royals fans still exist at all.