An e-mail arrived today from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut with details of a national poll conducted by the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute.
They set out to find which baseball team was “America’s team.” They completed 800 surveys nationally, conducting telephone interviews between Sept. 8 and Sept. 11, which they claim represents a margin of error of +/-3.5% at a 95% confidence level.
Not surprisingly, the Yankees were named by 41.6 percent of respondents with an opinion, followed by the Red Sox (16.3 percent), Cubs (7.3 percent) and Braves (6.9 percent). The Red Sox and Cubs are certainly not a surprise, and the Braves are still benefitting from the power of Ted Turner’s Super Station, I would surmise.
Others in the top eight were the Cardinals (5.0), Phillies (4.2), Mets (2.5) and Tigers (2.5).
A total of 22 teams were named in the polling (not counting the Denver Broncos, who were actually the choice one respondent). Other teams named with less frequency included: White Sox, Blue Jays, A’s, Orioles, Rays, Dodgers, Rangers, Brewers, Reds, Giants, Pirates, Indians, Twins and Angels.
The Mariners are nowhere to be found, not one vote, apparently, even though they actually have the largest geographic territory of any team in the majors, as measured by what is considered their cable market: the states of Washington, Oregon (in which they share the six southern-most counties with the A’s and Giants) Idaho, Montana and Alaska (not to mention British Columbia).
Not much population in those states, unless you poll cows (apologies to my Montanan pal, Ryan Divish).
Other teams not named were the Royals, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks, Astros, Marlins and Nationals.
I’d like to see a survey to find “Canada’s Team.” I think the Mariners have an excellent chance to finish second.