While we await the start of baseball this evening (weather permitting), let’s pat ourselves on the back. According to a study released earlier this week, the Yankees are the most popular team in baseball. According to the Harris Poll results (here as a PDF), the Yanks beat out the Red Sox and the Braves as America’s favorite team. Despite the popularity though, 21 percent of fans pick the Red Sox as this year’s World Series winners while 19 percent tab the Yankees for that honor. Winning a game or two against Boston this year would probably help the Yankees in the eyes of America’s baseball fans.
While the Yanks have now led the league in popularity for most of this century, I’d be quite curious to see the opposite results. I believe the Yanks would also be the nation’s most hated team as well. Funny how that works out.