Bases Loaded: Yankees, Braves and Red Sox Take Top Honors as America’s Favorite Baseball Teams for Second Year in a Row!

2008-07-14 04:01:00

Bases Loaded: Yankees, Braves and Red Sox Take Top Honors as America’s Favorite Baseball Teams for Second Year in a Row!

Cubs Move Up One Spot to Number 4; Colorado Jumps 14 Places

ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(EMWNews)–As Major League Baseball heads into the All-Star Game, this years

host team, the New York Yankees, find themselves on top as the favorite

baseball team among those who follow Major League Baseball for the sixth

year in a row. The Atlanta Braves remain at No. 2 while the Boston Red

Sox are in third place on the list. Rounding out the top five are the

Chicago Cubs at No. 4 and the Los Angeles Dodgers moving up six spots to

No. 5.

The new Harris

Poll conducted online by Harris Interactive®

among a nationwide sample of 2,454 U.S. adults between June 9 and 16,

2008 also found that:

  • The Colorado Rockies made the largest move, up 14 places

    from No. 27 to a tie at No. 13;

  • The Philadelphia Phillies moved up 12 places from No. 18

    to No. 6;

  • The Seattle Mariners (from No. 8 to No. 17), the Cincinnati

    Reds (from No. 9 to No. 18), and the Baltimore Orioles

    (from a tie at No. 13 to No. 22) all moved down nine places;

  • The Minnesota Twins have gone up nine places from No. 20

    to No. 11;

  • The Kansas City Royals have risen eight places from No.

    28 to a tie for No. 20 as have the Chicago White Sox, from No.

    21 to a tie at No. 13; and,

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates have moved down seven places from

    a tie at No. 16 to a tie at No. 23.

Demographic differences include:

  • East coast baseball fans stand behind their Yankees, while those in

    the Midwest love the Cubs. The South backs their Braves and in the

    West, the Dodgers are number one;

  • There are also age differences. Echo Boomers (those aged 18-31) say

    the Red Sox are tops, while Gen Xers (those aged 32-43) say the same

    about the Yankees. Baby Boomers (those aged 44-62) cite the Braves as

    their favorites, while for Matures (those aged 63 and older), the Cubs

    are their favorite team; and,

  • If they cant agree on candidates, why

    should they agree on a baseball team? Republicans say the Atlanta

    Braves are No. 1 while the top team for Democrats is the Yankees. Dont

    look to Independents to break the tie

    their favorite team is the Red Sox.

So who actually is a baseball fan?

  • Four in ten Americans (40%) say they follow Major League Baseball and,

    not surprisingly, men are more likely than women to make up part of

    this fan base (49% vs. 31%);

  • Baby Boomers are more likely to be baseball fans (44%) as are those

    who live in the East (46%) and Midwest (44%).

  • Those with a household income of $75,000 or more are more likely to be

    fans (52%) as are college graduates and post graduates (48% each);

  • Both African Americans (46%) and Hispanics (47%) are more likely to be

    fans than Whites (39%).

TABLE 1

FAVORITE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM: 1999 – 2008

“What is your favorite Major League Baseball team?”

Base: U.S. Adults Who Follow Major League Baseball

 

 

Rank

1999

 

Rank

2003

 

Rank
2004

 

Rank
2005

 

Rank

2006

 

Rank

2007

 

Rank

2008

New York Yankees

 

2

 

1

 

1

 

1

 

1

 

1

 

1

Atlanta Braves

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

2

 

3

 

2

 

2

Boston Red Sox

 

8

 

6

 

4

 

4

 

5

 

3

 

3

Chicago Cubs

 

3

 

7

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

4

Los Angeles Dodgers

 

7

 

8

 

=9

 

7

 

=14

 

11

 

5

Philadelphia Phillies

 

16

 

12

 

6

 

=13

 

13

 

18

 

6

Detroit Tigers

 

10

 

15

 

5

 

=19

 

7

 

6

 

=7

Cleveland Indians

 

5

 

4

 

=9

 

=19

 

=11

 

=13

 

=7

St. Louis Cardinals

 

4

 

14

 

13

 

6

 

6

 

4

 

9

New York Mets

 

12

 

3

 

14

 

5

 

2

 

7

 

10

Minnesota Twins

 

11

 

5

 

=17

 

=13

 

=21

 

20

 

11

Houston Astros

 

22

 

=20

 

=9

 

=17

 

9

 

12

 

12

Milwaukee Brewers

 

21

 

23

 

23

 

24

 

18

 

10

 

=13

San Francisco Giants

 

26

 

9

 

7

 

=10

 

=14

 

=13

 

=13

Chicago White Sox

 

20

 

27

 

27

 

=10

 

=11

 

21

 

=13

Colorado Rockies

 

14

 

24

 

24

 

26

 

=25

 

27

 

=13

Seattle Mariners

 

6

 

11

 

=15

 

=13

 

10

 

8

 

17

Cincinnati Reds

 

13

 

10

 

=19

 

=8

 

=14

 

9

 

18

Arizona Diamondbacks

 

NA

 

=16

 

=17

 

16

 

=14

 

22

 

19

Texas Rangers

 

15

 

13

 

=15

 

21

 

=27

 

=16

 

=20

Kansas City Royals

 

24

 

=25

 

=19

 

=22

 

=21

 

28

 

=20

Baltimore Orioles

 

9

 

=18

 

8

 

12

 

8

 

=13

 

22

Pittsburgh Pirates

 

18

 

=18

 

=9

 

=8

 

=21

 

=16

 

=23

Oakland Athletics

 

19

 

=20

 

Harris Interactive
Tracey McNerney, 585-214-7756
press@harrisinteractive.net

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