By CHRIS RASMUSSEN
Last week I wrote about Royals' fans delusional belief that the Cardinals are our rivals. Here's a concurring a post from the talented Andrea Reiher, who blogs for Bugs and Cranks, Zap2It and Ladies... After the jump, she provides the Cardinal fan's perspective on the I-70 Series.
"The St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals bookend the state of Missouri, but the state is not divided evenly, with fervent fans of both teams meeting in Columbia to rumble like the Sharks and the Jets. If that were to happen, it'd be more like six rabid Royals fans show up with their switchblades and all the thousands of Cardinals fans stay home to watch the Cardinals game.
I'll confess: I'm not from Missouri. I grew up a Cardinals fan in Iowa, but I did spend my college years in the Show-Me State and I have to say … there is a more smack-talking, fanatical rivalry between the Cubs and Cardinals fans in the state of Iowa (where neither team resides) than there is between the Royals and Cardinals fans in the state of Missouri.
Yes, yes… the 1985 World Series. I don't remember it. I was four. Most of the Cardinals fans don't remember it either. We're over it. We've had tremendous success since then and we just can't get all fired up about playing the Royals. It's kind of like playing your little brother, who is significantly younger than you, legally blind and has a limp.
Was it embarrassing to drop three in a row to aforementioned lil' bro at home? Sure. But it would've been equally embarrassing if it had been the Mariners or Padres. It's not the fact that it's the Royals that make it a problem, it's the fact that it's a bad team. Fortunately, we then marched into Fenway and gave the Red Sox the business, and I guarantee Cardinals fans and players were looking ahead to that series before the Royals even came to Busch.
In fact, there are a lot of teams I would say we have rivalries with before the Royals: The Red Sox (for 2004), the Astros (for 2005), the Mets (for 2006), the Tigers (for 2006), the Padres (for every NLDS), the Yankees (because everybody hates the Yankees), the Cubs (for every season since the dawn of time), and the Phillies (for Scott Rolen).
Sorry, Kansas City. We just don't care that much about you."