MLB Spring Training 2011: Most Passionate Fanbases in MLB
Baseball season is almost back and all the passionate fans across the country have less than two weeks left to wait.
A big part of the San Francisco Giants success last season was the amazing fanbase they had behind them from the beginning.
Not only the Giants, but a big part of every team's success is getting a boost from the fanbase so that the players have energy and will to play 162 games every year. Some teams however, have much better fans than others. Here are the best.
7. St. Louis Cardinals
The fanbase of the St. Louis Cardinals has increased dramatically since Albert Pujols came to town and even more so after their World Series victory in 2006.
St. Louis played the host of the MLB All-Star game in 2009 and were rowdy and loud the entire time. Busch Stadium has now become one of the toughest places to play in baseball.
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
The city of Los Angeles bleeds Dodger Blue and has been that way ever since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn.
Dodger fans are very passionate about their team, and following the team is something that is passed down in the family, where you can have three generations of a family at every game.
As a Giants fan, I've worn orange and black to Dodger Stadium during a rivalry game and witnessed the pandemonium that occurs during the time when San Francisco is in town. It's definitely one of the toughest ballparks to play at in MLB.
5. San Francisco Giants
There was a drop-off in fans for the last few years in San Francisco before the Giants won the World Series in 2010.
Still, SF has a large amount of fans who have been there through thick and thin and who come to support their team at every game, even on the road.
As the Giants look to repeat as world champs this year, fans will come in numbers never seen before at AT&T Park.
4. Chicago Cubs
Poor Cubs fans; they've waited so long for a World Series championship and there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight.
That doesn't mean that fans don't come to support them at every game, hoping that this year will finally be the year of success.
Plus, any team who can run a man out of town and blow up a baseball has to be very passionate. I am talking about Steve Bartman, of course, who got in the way of Moises Alou from catching a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS.
Keep believing, Cubs fans!
3. Philadelphia Phillies
Some call them horrible, I call them passionate.
Philadelphia fans are known for being extra rowdy and doing terrible things like throwing snow balls at Santa Claus. Still, there are some diehard fans up in Philly, and the city bleeds red every year when the Phillies come back to play.
2. Boston Red Sox
Boston fans love their team so much that they stuck with them ever since Babe Ruth was traded.
That has paid off now because Boston is one of the best teams in baseball and are probably even better than the Yankees.
Men, women and children alike come every game to see their beloved Red Sox fight for a title. Beantown is no ordinary city, it's a baseball city.
1. New York Yankees
Why would anyone from New York not love the Yankees?
They are in contention almost every year,and have won far more titles than any other team in America.
The hate between Boston and New York, much like San Francisco and Los Angeles, is real and the fans on both sides show a tremendous amount of passion every time the two teams meet.
If you live in Tampa Bay or Pittsburgh, and you want to see what a real baseball game should be like, head up to New York.