There figures to be a record-low number of sprained ankles among baseball fans in Connecticut this summer.
No one seems to be jumping on or off bandwagons around these parts.
Quinnipiac University's annual poll of state baseball fans, released Friday, shows the Yankees and Red Sox still very close, a little closer than last year.
"The Yankees did not get a bounce out of their World Series win," Douglas Schwartz, director of polling at Quinnipiac, said in a statement.
In a survey of 1,506 adults 18 and older, conducted June 2-8, 58 percent identified themselves as "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in following Major League Baseball. Among them, 39 percent said they were Yankees fans, 38 percent said they were Red Sox fans and 11 percent said they were Mets fans, the remainder scattered among several teams and undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent.
Last year, the Yankees led the Red Sox 42 percent to 38 percent. Mets fans increased 2 percent.
"The Yankees and Red Sox are in a statistical dead heat," Schwartz said. "From 2003 to 2008, the Red Sox chipped away at the Yankees' lead until they were basically tied in 2008. It has stayed close the last three years."
If there is anything in the poll for any of the teams to be concerned about, it's a drop in baseball fans among the younger demographics. A majority, 51 percent of the adults 18-34, said they were "not at all interested" in Major League Baseball, vs. 44 percent last year.
"But it's too small a sample," Schwartz said. "So I wouldn't draw any conclusions from that."
Among younger fans, the Yankees had the edge, perhaps because of their 2009 World Series victory. Among fans 18-34, the Yankees led 42 percent to 32 percent, and the Mets had 13 percent. Among fans 35-54, it was even at 37 percent each, with 13 percent for the Mets. Among fans 55 and older, it was the Red Sox, 44 percent to 38 percent.
After the Red Sox won the World Series, breaking their 86-year drought, they cut the Yankees' lead to 43 percent to 35 percent in polling done in April 2005. In June 2008, after the Red Sox's second championship, the Red Sox overtook the Yankees, 41 percent to 40 percent. The Yankees regained their lead in 2009.
"We recognize that baseball fans in the Nutmeg State have several teams vying for their support; therefore we are deeply grateful that our fan base in Connecticut continues to grow," Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said in a statement. "Connecticut is a cornerstone of Red Sox Nation and we thank the state for its loyalty."
Said Yankees GM Brian Cashman, a Fairfield County resident: "Connecticut means so much to me that I've made it my home. We look to convert the remaining fans in Connecticut to Pinstripe Pride."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun