Thursday, March 26, 2009

Yanks Still Run New York

From Oren Yaniv (hat-tips to River Ave. Blues and BBTF):

New York City is still a Yankee town, a new poll found Wednesday, less than two weeks before Opening Day.

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.

Wow, only a third of New Yorkers root for the Mets? That's pretty pathetic. You'd expect them to pull in at least 40% of the fans considering there are only two teams here. The Red Sox came in with 3% of the vote. Yes, 3% of New Yorkers are Red Sox fans.

They had some other questions in their poll:

The most popular Yankee is, of course, Derek Jeter, who took home a whopping 48% of the vote. A-Rod was second with 9%. Mariano Rivera finished 3rd with 4% of the vote.

You think he sits home and punches things when he sees polls like this?

As for that other team, David Wright took the prize for most popular with 27% of the vote, Jose Reyes followed with 17%, and Carlos Beltran finished 3rd with 5% of the vote.


Liam Gallagher said...

Thats right, we own New York.

Liam Gallagher said...

We should kick those Red Sox fans out of here.

Greg Cohen said...


Anonymous said...

Wow! I just sprayed my ice tea all over the screen when I read

"You think he sits home and punches things when he sees polls like this?"

Anonymous said...

The reason for only few people being Met fans is although Met fans like to tell you they inherited 2/3 of the baseball fans it's not impactful now.
Those ex Dodger and Giant fans that are Met fans now are either really old or dead.
The Met fan base back in the 60/70 outnumbered the Yankee fan base because the Dodger and Giants JUST left New York.
Those same fans that became Met fans are up there in age now or are dead like I said.
You don't get too many people now saying 'oh I'm an ex Brooklyn Dodger fan or Giant fan'. Those folks are older now. And even if they tried to pass on being a Met fan because the Dodgers and Giants are gone, people sometimes in this case their kids or grand-kids, root who they want to root for. Obviously that's the Yankees.

So the getting 2/3 of New York to root for you might have been the case in the 60/70's but not in 2009.
The Met fan base IMO is actually from the 80's to the present. That's why the % is so low for them.

Will said...

I'd like to see poll numbers breaking this down by ethnicity, I bet the Mets dominate the hispanic market. I don't think the Mets are very good at Marketing, they seem like a team from Kansas or Iowa, not NYC; but targeting hispanics is a good move - they just could be doing it waaaaaaay better.

Anonymous said...

Wow, A-Rod more popular than Mo?

Greg Cohen said...

Anon, good points all around.

Will, I'd like to see that too.

Other Anon, I'm shocked by that. Mo should have more than 4%.

the big wags said...

How many mets fans do you think still voted for John Franco and Bobby V?

Greg Cohen said...