Yankees still rule NY

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Quinnipiac University spent precious budget dollars polled New Yorkers recently and it turns out that yes, New Yorkers still love the Yankees more than the Mets. From Oren Yaniv (h/t BTF):

Among the New Yorkers who expressed interest in big-league baseball, more than half – 56% – pledged alliance to the Bronx Bombers and only a third said they root for the Mets, a Quinnipiac poll found.

In a theoretical Subway Series, the Yanks are fan favorites, 55% to 42%, holding an edge in every borough but Queens, where the Amazin’s play.

“Except for Queens, New York City still is the home of the Bronx Bombers,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The poll also showed that the most popular Yankee is (surprise surprise) Derek Jeter, who picked up a staggering 48% of the vote. A-Rod came in second with just 9% of the vote, down from 15% last year. Man, it’s going to be a PR nightmare when Jeter’s contract is up, unless of course they re-up for huge money and keep him at short.

David Wright was the most popular Met at 27%, followed by Jose Reyes at 17%. Just about an equal amount of fans (~30%) said they would visit the New Yankee Stadium as they would CitiField. Heh, remember all that talk last year about how the Mets were NY’s team after landing teh Johan?

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  • Joey

    I could of told you that (albeit without the fancy statistics) for nothing. Hell, I could give you statistics if you really wanted, seeing how 73% of all stats are made up anyway. But that’ll cost you. Three fiddy.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Stephen Colbert approves of this comment.

  • http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/individual_player_postseason.jsp?c_id=nyy&playerID=121250&statType=2 Slugger27

    long live the empire

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt
      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside



        • Jack
          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            The Yankees = awesome
            The “Evil Empire” nickname = awesome
            John Williams’s Imperial March = awesome
            Star Wars/Yankees crossover references = awesome
            “Empire Records”, the movie = sucked balls

            One of these things is not like the other.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              “Empire Records”, the movie = sucked balls

              Well, you know something YOU SUCK!

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Oh yeah?

                Well, I had sex with your wife.

  • Rich

    Man, it’s going to be a PR nightmare when Jeter’s contract is up, unless of course they re-up for huge money and keep him at short.

    I think the Yankees are smart enough not to be swayed by the stupidest fans.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside


  • John

    I wonder when this poll was taken…pre-Tex,CC, and AJ? or post-Tex,CC, and AJ?

    If it’s the former, then I wonder how much it would have increased by now.

    If it’s the latter, I wonder how much it was before the signings?

    • Steve

      That would be great info to have…I’d also love to see those numbers pre and post johan trade. I also wonder where this happened in regards to the a-rod reports…

  • Expired Milk

    Some hotshot SS prospect needs to come around in the Yankees system to appease everyone.So when the Yankees move/re-sign Jeter there will not be much uproar.Personally I don’t mind seeing him walk after 2010.

    • Drew

      Yikes, Jeter in a White Sox uniform? Red Sox uniform? (oh that wouldn’t be okay, but they’ll have an opening) Get real folks. Jeter is our guy. If you “don’t mind seeing him walk” then you are clearly Anti-America and you’re vocabulary should be devoid of words like Jeterian, Jetes, Yankees, Baseball, Dot, Com and anything else that might mention he who is only second to Mo.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      I don’t mind seeing him walk after 2010.

      Really? You won’t mind seeing him get his 3,000 hit in a different uniform? (You do realize that no Yankee has ever reached that plateau.)

      Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the Yankees should break the bank for him in 2 years, but to give him a 2-3 year deal at or a little above market value would be approriate.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the Yankees should break the bank for him in 2 years, but to give him a 2-3 year deal at or a little above market value would be approriate.

        I’ll agree with that.

        Say, 3 years at 20 per? Would that do it?

        • Let’s Talk About TEX Baby

          I don’t think there’d really be much of an uproar over moving Jeter to the outfield. Pretty much every great shortstop has changed positions. It should really be done prior to 2010 so that it’s not even an issue when his contract’s up.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I agree, but I don’t see it happening prior to 2010 because we’d need ot find his replacement at SS first, and I doubt we find a replacement before then.

      • Expired Milk

        If it has a negative impact on the makeup of the team then no. I understand how hard it is for teams to find a SS especially for so long but I’m assuming that Jeter will not accept a deal that is fair to both sides.Especially if you take into the contracts that Posada, Mo and Arod were given.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Wow, I thought ARod would’ve gotten negative percentage points. Heh, I guess you can’t underestimate that Latino presence.

    • Rich

      I think there’s a media backlash factor as well.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        I’m sure they’re shaking in their boots.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Yeah, the highest paid athlete in the history of the sport is really mistreated here. New York City is such a bad place, and Alex hasn’t deserved any of it. (removes Alex colored glasses)

  • Drew

    Like we here at RAB needed a Quinipiac poll to tell us that!

  • Eirias

    Nice to see we are still beating dogs at chess.

    • Drew


    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve


      BTW-Sorry, but my dog asked me to post that

  • anonymous

    Our town! Our time!

  • BigBlueAL

    As a little kid growing up in NY until moving down here to Miami in 1990, I couldnt find another Yankees fan if my life depended on it. The landlord of the building I lived in, Mets fan. All the people who lived in my block, Mets fans. All the people at my dad’s job in Manhattan, Mets fans. All the kids at my school and little league team, Mets fans. Only time I was surrounded by Yankees fans was when my dad took me to Yankee Stadium.

    Granted I did live in Astoria, Queens but still!!!!

    P.S. Thank Mo my parents were Yankees fans and even during that time period when the Mets ruled NY they kept taking me to Yankee Stadium and showing me highlights of the 1978 Yankees from the team video of that season (still the 1978 Yankees are there favorite team to this day). My Yankees loyalty eventually paid off big-time!!!!

  • Januz

    I have little doubt that everything else being equal, the spread between the teams will only increase (The Mets have Championship Level teams & the Yankees return to the Stump Merrill days, would be something that would do it). The new ballpark is the reason why. For example: The wiring of the ballpark for state of the art technology and by offering computer usage the Yankees are looking out for the teens and kids that will be the consumers of tomorrow. The ballpark will also serve as a magnet towards bringing in star players that people want to see. This has been a staple of successful Yankee teams for decades: Ruth, DiMaggio, Mantle, Jackson & Jeter come to mind.
    Finally, the Yankees embrace their past and traditions far more than any team in baseball history (Only the Packers & Canadiens come close in sports). Stuff like Old-Timers Day, Monument Park, the new museum, and this new exhibit of autographed balls signed of every player who every player who put on a Yankee uniform. That reminds me of the Stanley Cup, where even secondary players have their names written on it, and thus become linked with the likes of Rocket Richard, Lemieux, Orr, Gretsky, Messier and Bossy. I can’t wait to see it. ps: I wonder if they actually have Wee Willie Keeler’s and Jack Chesboro’s name on balls?. Compare that to the Mets whose idea of history is someone else’s. Like Citi Field as a shrine to the Dodgers. No one disputes Jackie Robinson’s historical importance, but what about Tom Seaver. This guy was the greatest starting pitcher in the history of New York, and he is secondary to Jackie Robinson in his team’s home park? Compare that to the Yankees. Robinson and Mariano Rivera BOTH wore 42, and it is fair to say, Rivera would NEVER be treated that way. Or calling their spring training home “TRADITIONS FIELD” an obvious ripoff of Legends Field.
    By stressing the future, and honoring the past, the Yankees will continue to be far ahead of the Mets in popularity.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      As much as we love to take shots at the Mets and their lack of tradition, I feel it’s a tad unfair. I mean, they’ve been around for less than fifty years. And while they more or less should’ve been able to cement some sort of identity, they’re still struggling to do so. It seems as if they’re stuck somewhere in between wanting to be the spunky new kids on the block and wanting to be the guys who haven’t been there before, but act like it. However, their image seems to hinge on the Yankees. When the Yankees are performing well, they act like spotlight stealers or the child who wants more credit for what he does, taking the former, the: “Hey! What about us?!” mentality. When the Yankees are performing poorly, they seem to take on the latter mentality: “Look at us! We’re the new class of the city!” I believe this stems from the fact that everything in their history is essentially borrowed. Their colors are a blend of the Dodgers and Giants, copying the latter’s logo to a “T” (or an NY, rather?). They represented the NL’s return to New York, which I think has dominated their identity, which seems more based in the National League than their own team.

      I don’t know if any of that made sense, but it’s my two cents.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside


        Ragging on the Mets for having inferior tradition is like a Dwight Howard making fun of a regular person for being short.

        It’s true, but dude, what can they do? What recourse do they have?

        • Januz

          TSJC, they have an option: That is stress their own history and titles. They still have two Championships (1969 & 1986), which is more than quite a few teams have (Including the Astros who came into the league with them). In addition, the one guy who can be claimed by BOTH the Dodgers and Mets for his accomplishments in both uniforms is basically forgotten about by the Wilpons. A guy so big, they named a BRIDGE linking Brooklyn & Queens after him……. Gil Hodges.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Mets: We won two World Series and we have Gil Hodges, a great guy who can’t quite get in the Hall of Fame.

            Yankees: We’ve literally got more titles and Hall of Famers than you can shake a stick at. Literally. Go get a stick and start shaking it at all of the tradition we have. Your arm will get tired before we stop parading you with things to shake that stick at. Seriously. Try me.

            Mets: Umm.. nevermind, I’ll talk to you guys later.

            … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!!!

  • sam

    I don’t think its fair to say QU is wasting budget on this — even if you cleverly used the strikethough function. They are a private school and their polling center is revenue generating — so they can do as they please.

    Also as a professional in the field of polling (not academic) you don’t know what the rest of the survey was about and/or who paid for it. Projects like this are typically paid for by someone.

    • Yankeegirl49

      Not to mention the fact that the students the do the polling get paid minimum wage.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Yeah, knowing nothing of Quinnipiac other than the fact that they do buttloads of surveys quoted left and right, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to hear that the QU surveys are actually a revenue generator for the unversity in some way and not a cost at all.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Two former teammates of mine play baseball at QU. There, now you know something about the school.

  • Russell NY

    It takes more than 1 player in a flawed history to make you “The Team”

  • keith

    hmm, according to big pete today’s lineup has jeter leading off and damon batting 2nd. could it be?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I would jump for joy. It won’t happen…but let’s just hope.

      • whozat

        PeteAbe says the Yanks are “toying” with the idea, so it seems to be more than merely batting him leadoff to get him as many ABs as possible. But maybe that’s pete adding his own spin.

        All it takes is Damon or Jeter to mention in passing that he doesn’t like it, and the experiment is over, but hey…here’s hoping!

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Yeah, I hope that’s not just Pete editorializing and Girardi is seriously considering it.

  • Dave M

    That’s funny because, I get more crap from people when I wear my Yankee hat in Manhatten then I do in my own town, which is 20 miles from MA.

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  • http://www.mets.com metsmetsmets

    Check out the same poll from 1990 below.


    Published: Sunday, July 1, 1990

    Adult Met fans outnumber their Yankee counterparts by almost 3 to 1 in New York City, a New York Times/ WCBS-TV News poll has found.

    At the time the poll was taken, June 17-20, the Mets were streaking and the Yankees were mired with the worst record in major league baseball. The status of both clubs has remained the same.

    Forty-one percent of the people polled said they were Met fans; 14 percent said they were Yankee fans; 6 percent said they were fans of both teams.

    The poll was conducted by telephone with 1,047 New Yorkers 18 years old or older. It was designed to sample a cross section of New Yorkers. The poll had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

    One of those polled, Hillary Charap of Manhattan, said that she saw the Mets ”as a quieter, more classy team. Whether it’s better or not, that’s the way it is. Even though I’m a Mets fan, I always enjoyed the Yankees, but George has turned me off.”

    The poll found that only 1 out of 10 Yankee fans had a favorable opinion of the team’s owner, George Steinbrenner. As for the rest, 53 percent of those who described themselves as Yankee fans said their opinion of Steinbrenner was ”not favorable”; 14 percent said they were undecided; 22 percent said they hadn’t heard enough about him, and 1 percent refused comment.

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