Facebook says you are all Yankee fans
According to Facebook, all of you are Yankees fans… even those of you who wear Red Sox hats to work, school, and church every week.
That’s according to a map recently released by the company to The Atlantic magazine, which shows every U.S. county’s most-liked professional baseball team.
In terms of likes, Fairfield County is apparently a hotbed of Yankees fans, as are Litchfield and New Haven counties.
Once you cross the middle of the state, however, Connecticut begins to look much more like the New England state it is. In Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, Windham, and New London counties, the Red Sox reign as favorites.
Why the Yankees?
Driving distance, unsurprisingly, is one of the reasons for this divide, Hersam-Acorn Radio manager Rob Adams said Monday.
“The obvious point is that those closer to New York are going to be Yankees fans, and the true dividing line has traditionally been right along I-91. A recent Quinnipiac College poll suggested the overall edge goes to the Yankees in percentage of Connecticut residents. The western half of Connecticut has traditionally been Yankees-land because it’s easier to reach The Bronx than either Queens or Boston.”
Chris Cillizza, a Connecticut native and Washington Post contributor, goes so far to say in one post this sports divide can explain the oddities of Connecticut politics and social geography.
“The Yankees territory generally follows the boundaries of the 4th and 5th congressional districts, which have, traditionally, been the most likely to send Republicans to Congress. (Rep. Chris Shays represented the 4th, while Rep. Nancy Johnson held the 5th. Both districts are now held by Democrats.) The eastern part of the state, on the other hand, has long been more friendly territory for Democrats — reflecting its similarities to New England and especially neighboring Massachusetts.”
Anyone who grew up in any Connecticut county, however, knows fans from both teams are equally vocal wherever they might live.
It would be wrong, however, to forget the other New York team, the recently hapless Metropolitans. There are a few reasons behind the team’s lack of regional support, says Bulletin Sports Editor Tim Murphy.
Mets fans live a relatively unsuccessful existence as baseball fans when compared to their neighboring powerhouses, he said. Since 1986, the team has failed to win a World Series, coming closest in 2000 when they lost to — who else — the New York Yankees.
“I think some of it has to do with winning,” he said Monday, “and also that other two teams (Yankees, Sawx) were established before the Mets. Favorite teams in baseball often are passed on along genetic lines.”
However, Mr. Murphy says his own family is what he calls an “outlier.”
“We have Dodgers (dad), Yankees (mom), Mets (sister) and A’s (me).”
Personally, this writer finds himself silently rooting for the Mets in a house full of Yankees fans for a simple (and self-sacrificing) reason.
If I don’t, who will?