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(The New York Times)   Incredible interactive map of baseball fan allegiances points out the obvious: pretty much the entire country roots for the local team, the Yankees or the Red Sox   (nytimes.com ) divider line
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2014-04-24 11:12:24 AM  
This is a fun map. Didn't expect to see love for the Phillies in Alaska. I like how tight the border between Illinois and Wisconsin is, too.
 
2014-04-24 11:26:55 AM  
How many of those Yankees fans are really Yankees fans who liked the team when they sucked and how many only jumped on the bandwagon when they were winning championships?
 
2014-04-24 11:37:16 AM  

ManateeGag: How many of those Yankees fans are really Yankees fans who liked the team when they sucked and how many only jumped on the bandwagon when they were winning championships?


So, you want to know how many of those people have liked the Yankees since the mid-1920's
 
2014-04-24 11:40:00 AM  

ManateeGag: How many of those Yankees fans are really Yankees fans who liked the team when they sucked and how many only jumped on the bandwagon when they were winning championships?

 
2014-04-24 11:45:29 AM  
Where are the Blue Jays fans?

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Ohhhhhhhhhhh.
 
2014-04-24 11:51:18 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: ManateeGag: How many of those Yankees fans are really Yankees fans who liked the team when they sucked and how many only jumped on the bandwagon when they were winning championships?


not as much as Phillies fans.  They are a blight on humanity.
 
2014-04-24 12:01:01 PM  

ManateeGag: Sin_City_Superhero: ManateeGag: How many of those Yankees fans are really Yankees fans who liked the team when they sucked and how many only jumped on the bandwagon when they were winning championships?

not as much as Phillies fans.  They are a blight on humanity.


It's like you've never even seen a Red Sox fan
 
2014-04-24 12:03:49 PM  

AngryPanda: ManateeGag: Sin_City_Superhero: ManateeGag: How many of those Yankees fans are really Yankees fans who liked the team when they sucked and how many only jumped on the bandwagon when they were winning championships?

not as much as Phillies fans.  They are a blight on humanity.

It's like you've never even seen a Red Sox fan


Eh, as much as I dislike Red Sox fans (with a handful of Farkers excluded), they're not as bad as Philly fans.  And I mean all of Philly - not just the Phillies.
 
2014-04-24 12:04:24 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: ManateeGag: How many of those Yankees fans are really Yankees fans who liked the team when they sucked and how many only jumped on the bandwagon when they were winning championships?

So, you want to know how many of those people have liked the Yankees since the mid-1920's


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2014-04-24 12:09:32 PM  
A lot of teams get help simply for being the only option, like the Twins, Red Sox, and Braves.

It would be iteresting to see how strong Red Sox Nation is if it wasn't the only team for five states.
 
2014-04-24 12:10:14 PM  
Maybe it's just me, but the map seems to have a problem with Florida zip codes.
 
2014-04-24 12:11:17 PM  

LemSkroob: It would be iteresting to see how strong Red Sox Nation is if it wasn't the only team for five states.


...they would be less fans.
 
2014-04-24 12:13:25 PM  
Amazing how small an area the White Sox draw from. Equally amazing the sheer numbers of people who willingly follow the Cubs. We should just cordon off that area and call it loserville
 
2014-04-24 12:16:54 PM  
Surprised at how much the Giants dominate their market. The A's were getting less than 10% in the few Bay Area counties I checked.
 
2014-04-24 12:19:21 PM  

Delawheredad: Amazing how small an area the White Sox draw from. Equally amazing the sheer numbers of people who willingly follow the Cubs. We should just cordon off that area and call it loserville


I'm actually surprised the Cubs fans aren't more widespread, considering WGN coverage of them nationwide over the years.
 
2014-04-24 12:19:39 PM  
Huh, not even a blip for the Mets in NYC, that's surprising.
 
2014-04-24 12:26:19 PM  
I guess my perception of reality has been affected too much by douchebag haters on the Internet.  I was wonder the impression that outside of NY and NJ everyone hated the Yankees.  I never would have thought it's in the top three teams in a lot of places - even in areas far across the country where plenty of other teams are closer geographically.  So suck it, haters!

Also interesting: this is one more thing putting the Yankees and Red Sox in the same boat.
 
2014-04-24 12:34:17 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Huh, not even a blip for the Mets in NYC, that's surprising.


was thinking the same thing.  not even in Long Island where I know the Mets are preferred.
 
2014-04-24 12:40:05 PM  

AngryPanda: ManateeGag: Sin_City_Superhero: ManateeGag: How many of those Yankees fans are really Yankees fans who liked the team when they sucked and how many only jumped on the bandwagon when they were winning championships?

not as much as Phillies fans.  They are a blight on humanity.

It's like you've never even seen a Red Sox fan


I've never seen a Red Sox fan intentionally throw up on a little girl because he didn't like who she was rooting for.
 
2014-04-24 12:41:27 PM  
I would have expected to see more Braves love out in the hinterlands.  I heard that they got a lot of fans from their TNT / TBS broadcasts, and of course also because they were consistent winners in the 90's and early 2000's (at least in the regular season).
 
2014-04-24 12:49:49 PM  
Uh, can I see this poll conducted via other means than Facebook?

I'd bet a poll of "newspaper readers" would look quite different.

As such, I'm not shocked that Sox/Yanks are everywhere- the Yankees are the Yankees, and the Sox just won a championship. I wonder how many 11 year old girl "fans" of the Sox are accounted for via "OMG SOX WIN I LOVE THE SOX" (Katie, 11, San Francisco) type data?

Hell, demographically I'm the type who should definitely be accounted for, but there's nothing on my FB page about being a Cards fan, and I was there on opening day.
 
2014-04-24 12:59:11 PM  

Milk D: TuteTibiImperes: Huh, not even a blip for the Mets in NYC, that's surprising.

was thinking the same thing.  not even in Long Island where I know the Mets are preferred.


That's what happens after more than 25 years of being pretty consistently terrible, while the Yankees were pretty consistently contending for championships....
 
2014-04-24 01:05:52 PM  

grinding_journalist: Uh, can I see this poll conducted via other means than Facebook?

I'd bet a poll of "newspaper readers" would look quite different.


Nobody is going to pay the large expense of conducting a formal survey across the country just to find out who roots for who where.  The Facebook data already existed (pretty much for free).  It was just a matter of processing it into a map.
 
2014-04-24 01:12:40 PM  

wxboy: grinding_journalist: Uh, can I see this poll conducted via other means than Facebook?

I'd bet a poll of "newspaper readers" would look quite different.

Nobody is going to pay the large expense of conducting a formal survey across the country just to find out who roots for who where.  The Facebook data already existed (pretty much for free).  It was just a matter of processing it into a map.


Oh, I'm aware- I'm just highlighting the fact that actual baseball fandom might differ significantly from the facebook data representation.
 
2014-04-24 01:13:28 PM  
No love for the Yomiuri Giants?
 
2014-04-24 01:21:45 PM  
Only the Yankees and Red Sox fans get to see their teams on ESPN every single freaking' week. I wonder how many other teams there are in baseball anyway?
 
2014-04-24 01:22:39 PM  

LemSkroob: A lot of teams get help simply for being the only option, like the Twins, Red Sox, and Braves.

It would be iteresting to see how strong Red Sox Nation is if it wasn't the only team for five states.


You'd be surprised by the amount of Yankees fans we have here. They, however, tend to be bandwagon fans - they'll root for the Yankees, Lakers/Heat, and claim to be life long Seahawks fans.
 
2014-04-24 01:23:46 PM  

edmo: Only the Yankees and Red Sox fans get to see their teams on ESPN every single freaking' week. I wonder how many other teams there are in baseball anyway?


The Dodgers, Cubs, Angels, Tigers, and Rangers seem to be on there a lot too.
 
2014-04-24 01:30:47 PM  

idesofmarch: I guess my perception of reality has been affected too much by douchebag haters on the Internet.  I was wonder the impression that outside of NY and NJ everyone hated the Yankees.  I never would have thought it's in the top three teams in a lot of places - even in areas far across the country where plenty of other teams are closer geographically.  So suck it, haters!

Also interesting: this is one more thing putting the Yankees and Red Sox in the same boat.


Douchebags from every state like the Yankees.
 
2014-04-24 01:35:15 PM  

MyRandomName: Douchebags from every state like the Yankees.


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2014-04-24 01:37:46 PM  

MyRandomName: Douchebags from every state like hate the Yankees.


FTFY
 
2014-04-24 01:53:56 PM  

naughtyrev: Delawheredad: Amazing how small an area the White Sox draw from. Equally amazing the sheer numbers of people who willingly follow the Cubs. We should just cordon off that area and call it loserville

I'm actually surprised the Cubs fans aren't more widespread, considering WGN coverage of them nationwide over the years.


They are out there but two issues.  Fans are not at a great enough density to make a dent in the favorite for an area and the team has seriously sucked the past 3-4 season which mutes nonhometown fandome.
 
2014-04-24 01:54:07 PM  
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Still keeping the faith.
 
2014-04-24 01:55:16 PM  
YED just cannot come quick enough this year
 
2014-04-24 01:56:25 PM  

Uzzah: [content.sportslogos.net image 360x235]

Still keeping the faith.


Word.
 
2014-04-24 02:00:23 PM  

Gunny Highway: Uzzah: [content.sportslogos.net image 360x235]

Still keeping the faith.

Word.


Sheesh, Expos fans are worse than Firefly fans.

/I lovingly kid
//were it up to me, the Marlins would be forcibly relocated to Montreal, and Loria would have to drag the U-Hauls up I-95 like a mule
 
2014-04-24 02:06:22 PM  

LemSkroob: A lot of teams get help simply for being the only option, like the Twins, Red Sox, and Braves.

It would be iteresting to see how strong Red Sox Nation is if it wasn't the only team for five states.


Well yeah and that's why I want to know if its an actual survey or they just asked people their favorite team or actual baseball fans.

There are more braves fans in the south than this map leads you to believe, their area stretches to Texas to North Carolina and up to Tennessee/KY. I saw very few rays fans in Tampa with most following the braves like my cousins down there have for years.
 
2014-04-24 02:07:44 PM  

Aar1012: LemSkroob: A lot of teams get help simply for being the only option, like the Twins, Red Sox, and Braves.

It would be iteresting to see how strong Red Sox Nation is if it wasn't the only team for five states.

You'd be surprised by the amount of Yankees fans we have here. They, however, tend to be bandwagon fans - they'll root for the Yankees, Lakers/Heat, and claim to be life long Seahawks fans.


So like most seahawk fans
 
2014-04-24 02:08:58 PM  

mikaloyd: YED just cannot come quick enough this year


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2014-04-24 02:14:26 PM  

Gunny Highway: edmo: Only the Yankees and Red Sox fans get to see their teams on ESPN every single freaking' week. I wonder how many other teams there are in baseball anyway?

The Dodgers, Cubs, Angels, Tigers, and Rangers seem to be on there a lot too.


So the teams with large fan bases and/or marketable stars?
 
2014-04-24 02:22:11 PM  

El_Perro: Milk D: TuteTibiImperes: Huh, not even a blip for the Mets in NYC, that's surprising.

was thinking the same thing.  not even in Long Island where I know the Mets are preferred.

That's what happens after more than 25 years of being pretty consistently terrible, while the Yankees were pretty consistently contending for championships....


Very true. If this map existed in, say, 1985-88 you'd likely see some portions of the greater NYC area closer to a 50/50 split between Yankees and Mets fans. If you zoom in you'll see many more Red Sox fans than you'd expect in NYC and areas further south likely due to their success over the past decade. Winning brings in fans... this was Ric Romero reporting.
 
2014-04-24 02:28:51 PM  
About what i would expect to be honest.
 
2014-04-24 02:33:29 PM  

error 303: No love for the Yomiuri Giants?


Nippon Ham Fighters all the way! First game I ever saw in the Tokyo Dome was Fighters vs Marines. This was before they moved to up to Hokkaido. I got to sit in their cheer section and it was awesome.
 
2014-04-24 02:35:15 PM  
Confirms why I became a Giants fan as a kid... Smack in the middle of Reds, Cubs, and Cards country.
 
2014-04-24 02:36:47 PM  
I'm a little surprised at how much the Giants dominate NoCal.  I'm sure winning two championships in the last four years compared to the A's not winning since '89 has something to do with it and the fact that the A's park is a total shiathole, but still I figured they would have Oakland carved out at least.
 
2014-04-24 02:37:46 PM  
..also this map shows why the A's will never get a fair shake
 
2014-04-24 02:49:24 PM  
Facebook Yankee fans invading south Florida.  That's why it sucks here.

/Tiger fan
//Like the Marlins too
 
2014-04-24 02:52:28 PM  

Saiga410: naughtyrev: Delawheredad: Amazing how small an area the White Sox draw from. Equally amazing the sheer numbers of people who willingly follow the Cubs. We should just cordon off that area and call it loserville

I'm actually surprised the Cubs fans aren't more widespread, considering WGN coverage of them nationwide over the years.

They are out there but two issues.  Fans are not at a great enough density to make a dent in the favorite for an area and the team has seriously sucked the past 3-4 season which mutes nonhometown fandome.


The WGN deal was the smartest thing the Cubs organization did back in the day. I was 8 years old when Andre Dawson had his MVP year in 1987, and I got to see a bunch of it, with Harry Caray on the call. How does an 8-year-old not get caught up in that?
 
2014-04-24 03:03:33 PM  

Orgasmatron138: The WGN deal was the smartest thing the Cubs organization did back in the day.


Didn't hurt they were owned by the same company. See also; TBS, Braves
 
2014-04-24 03:04:06 PM  

meanmutton: Gunny Highway: edmo: Only the Yankees and Red Sox fans get to see their teams on ESPN every single freaking' week. I wonder how many other teams there are in baseball anyway?

The Dodgers, Cubs, Angels, Tigers, and Rangers seem to be on there a lot too.

So the teams with large fan bases and/or marketable stars?


Crazy how that works, right?  Almost like ESPN is concerned about ratings.
 
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