Spc. Cameron Campbell watches the World Series on the American Forces Network channel from the chow hall of a military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Eddie Baker sets his alarm at 1 a.m. his time to watch online from Cheltenham, England.

Sherry Jordan catches the games on live television from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, over breakfast.

Of course, St. Louis is the headquarters of "Cardinal Nation," but its people — its ambassadors — live just about everywhere. As rabid Redbird fans made October pilgrimages to Busch Stadium for a three-game showdown against the Boston Red Sox, countless more around the world found a "Cardinal Way" to tune in.

While the "Best Fans In Baseball" claim remains a matter of opinion, there is no debating that Cardinals fans span the globe. After the writer of this story posted a query to Facebook asking to interview far-flung fans, his phone rang nonstop for hours; emails from all over the world filled up and shut down his inbox.

Faraway fans from Australia to Africa and Alaska, from western states to Western Europe, along the East Coast and across the Far East, are watching, listening, streaming and logging into social media to catch every pitch. They subscribe to pricey cable, satellite or internet packages, monitor smartphone sports apps for real-time updates or check Twitter and Facebook for live commentary from friends and others.

The three-hour time difference in Anchorage, Alaska, means Kari Meyer, 34, can't watch the World Series during the week because there's no television in the doctor's office where she works.

"By the time I get home, I can usually catch maybe the seventh, eighth or ninth inning," said Meyer, 34, a native of Centralia, Ill. "Something's better than nothing."

The majority of far-flung fans either grew up in the St. Louis area or fell in love with the Cardinals while living here during one of the franchise's 11 prior journeys to the World Series. College, jobs, the military or spouses drew them away from home, sometimes making them the only fan in their corner of the world.

Campbell, 23, an Iowa native who lived in Washington, Mo., has been stationed in Afghanistan for about eight months, spotting and clearing roadside bombs. During the government shutdown this month, Campbell had to switch to monitoring games online because the Army's TV network had gone dark. Since the shutdown ended, he has been getting up at 4 a.m. to watch the games in the mess hall.

"Totally worth it," he wrote in an email. "Everything back home is so simple. It is too easy to just go to BWW (Buffalo Wild Wings) or grab some beer and some steaks to grill out and watch the game. You don't get that luxury here."

Jordan, 64, from Desloge, Mo., has been watching from Malaysia where her her husband, a geologist, works for an oil company. Her love of the Cardinals stems from attending games at Sportsman's Park with her father. The 13-hour time difference means she watches the games at home about 8 a.m. instead of at a sports bar, so she stays connected to friends back home through social media.

"I can read the comments and make my own, so I feel more a part of the game," she said.

Baker, 54, of Cheltenham, England, says he became obsessed with the Cardinals in 2004 after watching games with relatives in Lake Saint Louis that year. Back in the UK, he never misses a regular season or playoff game via the internet.

"My colleagues do think I am nuts, but I think the Americans who know me are impressed," Baker said.

In Mendoza, Argentina, Megan Gilbertson, 23, of Chesterfield, watched the first World Series game with her boyfriend, Nicolás, at the "Black Sheep," a bar run by Americans. Gilbertson, a Webster University graduate, says she is teaching English in Argentina on a college scholarship.

"It's a bit strange to watch the game from so far away, especially listening to the commentary in Spanish!" Gilbertson said in an email. For one game "we were practically the only ones at the bar, certainly the only ones watching the game."

Because baseball isn't as popular in Argentina, Gilbertson said she planned to watch the rest of the series at home, alone.

"Still, it's been fun to get excited and tell my friends here how important the World Series is to St. Louisans," she said.

Back in the United States, Cards fans have been nesting comfortably in watering holes in coastal cities. Foley's NY, a pub in Midtown Manhattan, was jammed Thursday with rabid Redbird fans for the first games of the series. Owner Shaun Clancy said at least 100 more Cardinals fans waited in line outside to get in. It was a similar scene last week at Green's Sports Bar in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood.

Cardinals camaraderie is what fans separated by distance say they miss most. Some, like Laura Brown, who lives in Guanajuato, Mexico, feel a bit isolated from the action.

Brown, 49, said in an email that she and her husband, Fred, 55, sometimes catch Cards games at local bars, but only if no soccer game is on television. Being away during October baseball can be tough: she especially misses the bubbling red fountains at Kiener Plaza and the booming fireworks over Busch Stadium.

"It's kind of lonely being the only two people in town who follow the games and know Cardinals history," she said. "I put the word out that a local bar was going to broadcast the series, but the only people who showed up were Boston fans."