Hanging up above my television is a framed version of the United Countries of Baseball map produced in 2007 by Nike. The map shows Yankee territory stretching from the city up north through upstate New York and western New England. The Mets seem to lay claim to Northern Jersey. Well, as rosy as that might sound for the Amazin’s, a new study says that’s just not true. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 44 percent of New Jersey baseball fans cheer for the Yankees while just 21 percent pull for the Mets. While the Phillies enjoy 75 percent of the support in South Jersey, their statewide fan base encompasses just 20 percent of Garden State baseball fans.
In another poll put together by NY1 News and Cornell University, the Yankees trumped the Mets in the Big Apple. Citywide, the Yankees can lay claim to 34 percent of those polled while the Mets just 25 percent. Another 34 percent do not have a loyalty, and six percent root for both. Take that, Mr. Met.