Yanks far more popular than the Mets

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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.

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

    The Mets control a tiny area immediately surrounding Flushing. Most of Brooklyn and Long Island and all of Connecticut and Jersey is Yankee country. Meaning the Mets “country” is a small exclave nation surrounded on all sides by the Yankee empire.

    The Mets = Lesotho

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Don’t forget: They also control Long Island. I’m not sure I’d brag about that if I were the Mets though.

      • pat

        HEY—watch it kabak.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      My experience in the woods of Eastern CT was that Mets fans didn’t exist. They were like leprechauns and unicorns. You had a better chance of seeing a bear in the center of town than finding someone who claimed to be a Mets fan!

      This is a proposterous idea that there are actual Mets fans!

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Lesotho is too generous.

      Mets = San Marino

  • Bob Stone

    The United Countries of Baseball Map is a lot of fun but hardling accurate when it comes to Yankee territory. As you mentioned, there are a lot of Yankee fans in Northern New Jersey. Additionally, there are more Yankee fans in Southern Connecticut up to about the midpoint between New Haven and Hartford. There are also huge pockets of Yankee fans in Rhode island and Maine.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Accuracy is not the map’s strong suit, but it makes for great arguments about baseball territories while said arguers are drunk.

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        Sounds like something I’ll be purchasing on Ebay….

      • Bob Stone

        Absolutely agree. Just stating my argument, without the benefit of being drunk, based on residency in Long island, Upstate New York, Westchester, Southern Connecticut and Boston North over 59 years along with extensive travel from Philly to Maine on a regular basis. I’d love to see the map redone based on accurate surveys. I’d definitely buy a copy.

    • Ed

      Being from North Jersey, it feels laughable to say the area favors the Mets. I would have guessed the Yankee fans outnumber the Mets fans about 2:1, so the 44/21 figures seem believable.

  • Ivan

    Well im from Brooklyn and im a yankee fan.

    Besides, You know why Yankees are more popular?
    Cuz the yanks have better caps and our jersey look better than theres.

    • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      I’m from QUEENS and I’m a Yankee fan.

      Take that, Mutts.

  • Dela G

    the mets suck… that might be why

  • Dela G

    oh i am also from queens and a die hard yankees fan :)

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    Also, like every foreigner LOVES the Yankees. You see Yankee hats around the world, which I don’t think you can say about most other teams.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    …I’m not sure everybody in the Mets organization is a Mets fan…

  • http://www.mets.com metsmetsmets

    haha, you guys sound pretty insecure about the Mets stealing your spotlight. So you guys are proud to have a bigger frontrunner bandwagon fanbase than the Mets?

    “Also, like every foreigner LOVES the Yankees. You see Yankee hats around the world, which I don’t think you can say about most other teams.”

    Who gives a Flying F. about foreigners and tourists. Most people polled are front running transplanted NYers that are just rooting for who’s the sexier team at the moment.

    also according to the NYTimes article, seems like most Yankee fans are women. HAAH.. thats something to be proud of. Women are the most clueless front running fans ever, if you can even call them fans. Trust me all it will take is one World Series win and a Yankee collapse and it will be back to the 80s when the Mets absolutely dominated this town.

    How about this poll guys from NYTIMES in 1990 when the Mets dominated NY?
    METS FANS by 3-1 POLL SHOWS
    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/07/01/sports/mets-fans-by-3-1-poll-shows.html

    • http://www.mets.com metsmetsmets

      This was always a Yankee town huh guys? Then explain this?

      METS FANS by 3-1 POLL SHOWS – NY Times
      By GERALD ESKENAZI
      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.

  • mike

    I’m from western ma (the berkshires)and red sox fans largely outnumber yankee fans. i don’t know why it’s considered yankee country when it’s in MA. There are some people with ny roots around here, so there are enough fans. The map should only include south and southwest of hartford, ct.

  • CalifornianMetsFan

    ay you yank fans got some die hard fans gotta give you that, maybe 10 or 15% are diehard fans and i respect that – but the rest of you dont really support the team – only when they win… When you’re a mets fan, you’re a true mets fan – polls dont ask that – i can almost guarantee 99% of mets fans are true mets fans – The Yanks has become more of a gangsta team, with all these crap rappers claiming to be a yank fan and all that shit – how many of those rappers really from new york – i come from bensonhurst, brooklyn – i for one am a die hard mets, knicks, and rangers fan

    Im 14 as well, wanna fight about it? (kidding with that very last remark)