Even baseball — the sport where franchise loyalty is second to godliness — is not immune to the attraction of victory, as New Yorkers gravitated toward the New York Yankees over the New York Mets in Quinnipiac University’s Big Apple Baseball Poll. Yes, even in Queens, where the Mets lost out to the Bronx Bombers 50-43 pecent. Overall, the Yankees held a 61-27 percent sway over the metropolis’s fandom, with the Boston Red Sox capturing 3 percent of the vote (the other 9 percent was split between the rest of the MLB.)
“From March 12 – 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,621 New York City adults, with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points,” said the school in a press release. “Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones,” ultimately declaring that, “Men, women, and fans in every age group go for the pinstripes.”
In the event of the two teams meeting in the world series, the survey reports that 59 percent of the respondents would back the Yankees, while only 37 percent of those polled said they would support the Mets. The remaining 4 percent wouldn’t care one way or the other. The survey also found that 43 percent of NYC baseball fans were hoping for a Yankees World Series win, while only 9 percent of them were hoping for a Mets victory — barely more than the 6 percent who went on record rooting for the Red Sox.
“The Mets just aren’t a good team,” a Ridgewood native and Laguardia College student told the New York Daily News. “I’m a big winner, so I want the team that has the most wins.” Another Mets fan told the paper that the team’s association with Bernie Madoff probably didn’t do the ballclub any favors. Mets owner Fred Wilpon invested heavily with Madoff and was implicated in a series of lawsuits surrounding the resulting Ponzi Scheme run by the investor.
The New York Daily News also discovered that a Modell’s store — located two scant miles from Citi Field — did not display any of the team’s merchandise, and that the store workers explained that Yankees apparel sold significantly better than their crosstown rivals. The team’s popularity plight was summed up succinctly by one employee, who told the New York Daily News, “I’m a Mets fan, but they suck.”