USA Today put a story on its front page today proclaiming the Red Sox as having displaced the Yankees as America’s team.
This is based on the Red Sox playing to the largest average crowds on the road.
Well … it depends how you look at it. The Red Sox have averaged 38,802 fans for road games. The Yankees have averaged 37,906. I’m not quite sure 896 people means one team is more popular than the other in the entire nation.
It’s also worth noting that when the Yankees play on the road, they fill 84 percent of the seats and the Red Sox 82 percent.
USA Today also failed to take into account that when the Red Sox play in New York, they’re playing in front of crowds of 55,000. When the Yankees play in Boston, they play before 36,000. So the Red Sox benefit in that exchange.
I suspect that by the end of the season, the numbers will be even. The Mets and Cubs are pretty close, too.
Besides, anybody with any common sense knows that the mighty New England Patriots are America’s team.
UPDATE, 10:42 p.m.: This guy Rob did the math and proved my point. Good job.