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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.

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  • Ivan

    Thats why the sox will never be the top team in america at least in baseball.

    Why? For the simple fact that they don’t have the yanks history and the championships.

    One more thing, The yanks are #1 cuz the yanks are the villain.

    Every sport needs a villain. Cuz the villain is really the top franchise and is also the most love and has the most fans.

    Same with Football with the Cowboys, and the same with the Celtics/Lakers in basketball and the same with the Canadians in Hockey.

    Yankees=Heath Leger playing the Joker.

    • Steve S

      “You don’t have the guts to be what you wanna be? You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fuckin’ fingers and say, “That’s the bad guy.” So… what that make you? Good? You’re not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don’t have that problem.”

      • Ivan

        That’s like the perfect quote a yankee fan should say to a sox fan.

  • Whitey14

    It’s good to know that out of 2177 participants (that are registered voters in Harris polls and were online during one particular week of the year) 891 of them follow baseball and that more of them like the Yankees than the Red Sox. I can’t believe with all the talk of “Sample Size” around here that anybody would give this too much credence though.

    I would agree with Ben that the Yankees would probably win the alternate poll as well (Sample sizes be damned I say!), but that simply means they are doing something right because they continue to keep their fan base happy, and piss off the fan bases of their opponents.