Baseball is commonly referred to as America’s Pastime because of the love it receives nationwide from its fans, but which MLB teams command the biggest fan bases? Read on to find out!
5.) The St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of America’s favorite baseballs teams for the better part of the modern era. Few teams have proven themselves the winners that the Cardinals are, and their fans are forever thankful for their team’s dynasty status. Cardinal Nation, St. Louis fans call themselves, is one of the largest fan bases, spreading across most of the Midwest. Few fans know the game of baseball like the fans of the St. Louis Cardinals.
4.) The Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles is not often thought of as a baseball city, but the Los Angeles Dodgers would argue that it is. The Dodgers have been in the MLB since 1883, however they did not move to Los Angeles until 1958. The Dodgers have won 6 World Series Championships, and beat out their inner-city rival, the Los Angeles Angels, as the best baseball team in California. Dodgers fans are also some of the friendliest in baseball.
3.) The Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers play in one of the most family friendly parks in all of baseball. Comerica Park is simply beautiful, and a great place to take the kids. Every Sunday, kids have the chance to run the bases like the pros, and it is an experience that your little Tiger will never forget. The perennial American League Central powerhouse Tigers have an extremely devoted fan base that can be found all over the country. The Tigers have the ability to win the World Series almost any given year, but it wasn’t always this way. In 2003, the Tigers lost 119 games. Tigers fans took it in stride and now get to watch one of the best lineups in the game as a reward for their loyalty.
2.) The Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs are one of the most historic franchises in the MLB. On every baseball fan’s bucket list, there is an entry specific to Wrigley Field. Wrigley Field was built in 1914, and is the second oldest stadium still active in the MLB. Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is the oldest. The ivy covered outfield fence is the trademark of Wrigley Field, and has its own fan base amongst baseball aficionados. The Cubs have had their struggles of recent years, but a promising farm system and historic environment helps keep Cubs fans content.
1.) The New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are a team that is synonymous with baseball. The Yankees have taken the time developing their fan base for over a century, so naturally their fan base is a passionate one. The Yankees are the poster team of the MLB and they don’t shy away from the label. Yankees fans are a special breed of fan, and far and away the top fans of the MLB. Yankees fans in 2013 surprised their hated rival Boston Red Sox fans with a tribute honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Very classy.