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?