MLB Playoffs: 5 Cities That Would Rather Watch Baseball Than Football
Contrary to what ESPN and other sports new outlets may tell you, baseball is still our national pastime.
Football, however, has become undoubtedly the most popular sport in the United States. College football is religion in some regions of the country, while the NFL is the most profitable league in North America and potentially, the world.
There are some cities in our country where baseball is still king, though the numbers are dwindling by the years.
Here are the cities whose hearts still live and die on the diamond.
In the past 10 years, Boston sports fans have been treated to seven championships from their four beloved franchises.
None were more celebrated than the two the Red Sox delivered, especially after halting an 86-year title drought in 2004.
Bostonians and every other New Englander live and die with their Red Sox. Even though they've had their hearts broken this past September, something tells me that Boston fans will continue the current streak of sellouts at Fenway Park, a number that has reached over 700.
Though Tom Brady and the Patriots may be one of the best teams in the NFL, they sit second fiddle to the boys at Fenway.
Ask me to do this same list five years ago and Philadelphia would have never made it.
Here's what the Phillies have done since: five consecutive NL East titles, two World Series appearances with one victory, and a starting rotation compiled of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt.
The Eagles have been promising, but have ultimately failed to bring its first ever Vince Lombardi trophy to the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphians have focused themselves on another interest, with good reason.
As it currently stands, Philadelphia sports fans might not want to talk about either the Eagles or Phillies after a difficult start to the month of October.
Those Flyers sure look good, though.
Minneapolis is another city that might not be featured on this list had I done it a few years ago.
The Vikings have long been thought of as the owners of every Minnesotan's heart, but things are different now.
The Twins have shown promise, winning the AL Central seven times since 2002. The Vikings have been in and out of the playoff scene recently, nearly making it to the Super Bowl with that Brett Favre fella.
This year has been trying for fans of both teams. The Twins failed to capture their third straight division title and the Vikings have started 1-4 with quarterback Donovan McNabb on his farewell tour. One thing, however, has been noticeable.
Though the Twins were horrendous this season, the majestic Target Field was sold out nearly every game in its second season. The Vikings are struggling to fill the Metrodome on a week to week basis. How the times have changed.
New Yorkers are bonkers about baseball.
Though the Mets have their fair share of fans, the Big Apple's loyalties usually lie with the Yankees. With 27 World Series titles, it's easy to see why.
The Giants and Jets have had some success lately, but nothing will put them ahead of the Bronx Bombers. Yankees fans are some of the most passionate in sports, especially the ones that are actually from New York.
When the Tigers defeated the Yankees in the ALDS, New Yorkers were left with a bad taste in their mouths. Something tells me Brian Cashman will make a big splash in the Winter Meetings and reel in some big name free agents. That thing is money.
St. Louis is the city on this list with the most disparity between allegiances of baseball and football teams.
Fans in this city are baseball diehards and the Cardinals are king. It doesn't come as a surprise. The Cardinals are one of the most successful franchises in baseball with 10 World Series titles, most recently in 2006.
The Rams haven't seen glory since Kurt Warner and the "Greatest Show on Turf" stormed through the NFL. That was over 10 years ago. Things are different in the dome nowadays.
Sam Bradford showed last season that he had the capability of turning this franchise around, but an 0-4 start to this year may have others think differently. Those who think differently aren't showing up, leaving the Edward Jones Dome with an array of empty seats.
The Cardinals are still doing what they do best. Tied 2-2 in the NLCS, they are just two victories away from another trip to the Fall Classic. The city and region's love will continue to be with Cardinals and nothing will ever change that.