Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Baseball Fans' Disdain Inexplicably Centered Somewhere Near Lake Erie

not one of grady's ladiesA Nielsen survey is claiming that despite the non-endorsements of luminaries like President Obama, the New York Yankees are somehow not the most-hated team in baseball — that honor instead goes to the Cleveland Indians, who ranked a mere 0.9 on a -5 to 5 "sentiment scale" that the company derived from the use of specific keywords in Internet postings. Judging by the Tribe-blogger reaction to the Wall Street Journal's query about his team's triumph (which was basically the word "sigh" stretched out into 14 individual words) and the general annoyance the Yanks induce in me even today, I'm wondering if there should be a sort of "self-loathing fan" correction introduced into this algorithm.

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Or, the correction should be for Yankee fans' massively overinflated self-regard "cancelling out" a great deal of internet hatred…

deepomega (#1,720)

Yeah I'd rather see a median than an average here.

Dave Bry (#422)

This boggles the mind. How does the Indians' long futility or even their location in the Mistake by the Lake not win them more "sentiment scale" love? How can you not love the Indians a little bit? What about, as the picture reminds us, "Major League?" What about the lovable long-hair Joe Rudy? Or Duane Kuiper, who went something like 2000 at bats without hitting a home run (setting some kind of record maybe just in my imagination/memory)? What about Joltin' Joe Charbaneau? Or the impossible-to-dislike C.C. Sabathia, before he joined the Evil Empire? Cleveland rocks!

brad (#1,678)

i think maybe albert belle pegging that fan with a ball carried more cultural weight that i originally thought.

AL (#890)

I think Maura's right about the self-loathing fan factor. An Indians die-hard myself, I'm always blown away by the extreme negativity of fan comments on (which carries the Plain Dealer's sports coverage). If this is the data Nielsen was relying on, then it kind of makes sense.

AL (#890)

ALSO we shouldn't overlook that they're coming off of two seasons in which they traded 3 of the best players the team's ever seen.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Love the Tribe. Love them.

Now hurry up and trade Sizemore to the Mets; Beltran is *never* coming back.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

No sooner do I type it than Pagan triples in two runs…

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Oh! and just as I was about to suggest a post on Beerleaguer's sponsorship by Cougarlife Dotcom, what do I see in the American Apparel slot to the right.

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