The falling leafs and the chilly air lets you know that you have reached October. October comes with it a magical time for fans of baseball. With both New York teams having had an opportunity to play in the October spotlight, it seems appropriate to determine where the allegiance of the Marist College student body lies.
In an unscientific Facebook pool, 34% of respondents stated that they follow the New York Yankees. While the team only had one game of action this postseason, losing to the Houston Astros in the American League Wild Card Game, there was no shortage of interest in the team’s first postseason appearance since 2012. Several parties were observed being held around the watching of the Yankees, including one at the author’s residence.
“The history of the Yankees is one of tradition and dominance,” explains Matthew Orso, a freelance researcher at MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, NJ. “Older fans who grew up with the pinstripe legends love regaling the youth with their tales of prowess. Younger fans cling to the passion and success of winning. Everyone loves to win, which is why so many love the Yankees.”
30% of respondents stated that they were fans of the New York Mets. However, that number can appear to be a little conservative, as support comes out in droves for the team’s first postseason run since 2006. The Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series over five games, and most recently have taken the first two games in the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.
“Normally, throughout an entire semester, I see only about two or three people wearing anything Mets related,” observes senior Amanda Carlucci, who stated she is an avid Mets fan. “So far this semester, I’ve seen well more than 20 people.”
When asked about the team’s sudden popularity, Carlucci theorized that the team’s pace of play, which she describes as being a team effort rather than a one-man job, is probably one reason that people are watching the Mets.
The Mets play again in Game Three of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday in Chicago. The broadcast will be carried on TBS at 8:00 pm.
Just 19% of respondents identified themselves as fans of the Boston Red Sox. Once a regular in postseason play, and the World Champions of the 2013 season, the team has since fallen on hard times, posting their third last-place finish in the American League East Division in four years. Still, the roots of Red Sox fandom run strong, and their loyal ties to their team are not easily broken.
“We may be in last place, but we still love our team.” an unidentified student stated. “And while we wish the Mets the best of luck, we’re glad that the Yankees are out!”
12% of the respondents stated that they did not follow any baseball team, while 3% stated that they followed a team outside of the three mentioned above.