St. Louis Cardinals fans may be the best in baseball, but this ten-year-old fan must be the best of the best fans in baseball.
A boy who lives in Los Angeles and roots for the Cardinals is totally trolling Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig after the Cardinals eliminated the Dodgers from playoffs two Octobers in a row. Puig and the boy are family friends, Puig tells MLB.com, and despite his best efforts, the boy won't budge from his loyalty to the Redbirds.
"He's driving me crazy," Puig tells MLB.com in Spanish. "I have to kick him out of that family. He has four blue things of mine in his room, and he tells me it's because he feels sorry for me, sorry for the Dodgers. He has everything else red -- the comforter, the sheets, the ceiling, everything. His room is red. And he says the best city in the United States is St. Louis."
The Dodgers lost the 2013 National League Championship and the 2014 National League Division Series to the Cardinals, and the memories still haunt Puig.
"I dream about them every day," Puig said about the Cardinals. And if that weren't bad enough for Puig, his ten-year-old friend serves as a constant reminder of the losses.
"His mom calls him 'The Cardinal,'" Puig told MLB.com. "We don't even know his name anymore.... I take him to the stadium, I put the tickets under my name, I introduce him to all of my teammates, and he shows up with a Cardinals shirt. He's driving me nuts. I can't win with him. His cousins all have [Dodgers gear]. Not him. We have to do something. I have to make him change his mind. We won the second game and that's it. He cried, and after that, he started laughing at us again."
Puig told MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez about his ten-year-old troll before a luncheon fundraiser to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, which serves injured veterans. Puig wasn't thinking about the vets or the lunch or even his view of downtown LA from the 26th floor of city hall; he was thinking about facing off against the Cardinals months or even years ago.
"We can't let them beat us three straight times," Puig said. "No way. They're a good team, and we all admire them. They have very good pitchers, very good players."
Puig said he considers the Cardinals -- not the Dodgers' rival and defending champs the San Francisco Giants -- to be his team's greatest opponent.
"If we beat them, we can win the World Series. We just have to get through them."