Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 13: An aerial general view of the Prudential Center during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on August 13, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

With the season we JUST went through, it may be the wrong time time ask Is BOSTON The BEST Baseball City? 

But, we must admit, is there any better feeling than opening day at Fenway? Imagine this: it’s April, the sunsets are later and you know the Spring is here, as look forward to another great Summer! Driving on the Pike, under the Big Papi bridge, you see that SEA of white and Red jerseys, walking into Fenway.

Even Hollywood Loves The Red Sox

Hey, Hollywood even made MOVIES about our Red Sox. In Fever Pitch, Jimmy Fallon as Ben skillfully portrays a very convincing pathetic Sox fan, complete with our own Lenny Clark playing his uncle, who left him his season tickets when he died. It was an awesome moment when young Ben entered 1970’s Fenway for the first time. The camera spanned around the green field, stopping at the Green Monster, showing ZERO ads, naming rights, or logos. All of that was CGI erased. Even Bob Lobel and Don Orsillo were featured! What’s funny about Fallon, he’s a Yankees fan. But he could have fooled me.

Our how about The Town? In the 2010 movie, Boston’s own Ben Affleck stars as a criminal who sets out to rob Fenway. I wonder if that would fly today?

Wallethub Survey

Our friends at Wallethub are back with data showing the best baseball cities in America, using a variety of metrics:

To determine the best places to be a fan of America’s third most followed sport, WalletHub compared over 330 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional baseball team across 31 key metrics. They range from performance level of team(s) to average ticket price to stadium accessibility. 

So now that we’re craving Spring in October, let’s see if BOSTON is The BEST Baseball City!

  • 1-New York

    (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

    Those stinkin’ Yankees get the nod, making NYC America’s #1 city for baseball according to fans.

  • 2-Los Angeles

    Fan

    (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    SAFE!  LA is #4 for the MLB, but NUMBER ONE for NCAA, where Boston ranks 53 for NCAA! 

  • 3-St. Louis

    Cardinals

    (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    The Cardinals always create exciting baseball, and the fans agree. St Louis is the #2 city for MLB. But their NCAA rank of 217, kept them out of #2.

  • 4-Atlanta

    (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia feels the Braves are #1.

    But, Atlanta fans made their city the NUMBER 3 MLB city, #4 overall.  For NCAA, they come in #79.

     

  • 5-BOSTON!

    Fans!

    (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

    We are #1 in when it comes to FANDOM!

    Baseball Fandom in Boston (1=Best; 167=Avg.):

    • 16th – Performance Level of MLB Team(s)
    • 94th – Performance Level of College Baseball Team(s)
    • 26th – Avg. Ticket Price for MLB Game
    • 1st – Min. Season Ticket Price for College Baseball Game
    • 2nd – MLB Fan Engagement

    Boston ranks 5th overall and 5th among large cities.

  • Interactive Map

    Source: WalletHub
    Hover over your state to you see where you rank!
  • Best Performing Teams

    MLB Teams
    Best-Performing
    • 1. St. Petersburg, FL
    • 2. Atlanta, GA
    • 3. Houston, TX
    • 4. Los Angeles, CA
    • 5. San Diego, CA
    MLB Teams
    Worst-Performing
    • 22. Baltimore, MD
    • 23. Phoenix, AZ
    • 24. Washington, DC
    • 25. Arlington, TX
    • 26. Pittsburgh, PA

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