Friday, May 21, 2010
Loyal to the Royals
If you click on the pic above and look at the large version, you will see a depiction of the loyalty of fans of all the 30 MLB teams. If you look at the numbers in the chart (and not just the circles on the map, which are incorrect in the case of the Royals) you will see that the Royals have the 13th most loyal fans in all of major league baseball. This is, of course, despite being one of the worst teams in baseball since the early nineties.
The Royals fans have the same loyalty score as Twins fans who have endured nothing like what those who attend games at the K endure on a regular basis. Among the other teams with recent success but fans who are less die hard than Royals fans are Atlanta, San Francisco, Anaheim, Florida and Arizona.
There are two different ways to look at this information. The first is that David Glass should be public enemy #1 in the sports world in Kansas City. He has fans that continue to come to games despite his gross negligence and general cheap skatery. In response to this, he continues year after year to ask the fans to bend over one more time.
The other way to look at it is that the Royals fans in KC get exactly the kind of team they deserve.