Looks like all those New York Yankees haters who have for years derisively referred to that free-spending, headline-dominating, and even occasionally successful club as the "Evil Empire" are at least half-right.
As America marks another milestone toward the death of this interminable winter with baseball's Opening Day on Monday, Facebook's data team has marked the occasion with this endlessly interesting map showing which parts of the country cheer for which baseball team. (Click for full version)
And while the "evil" part of that "Evil Empire" moniker can still be debated, the map makes clear there's no denying the Yankees are an empire, with their pinstriped kingdom of Derek Jetahhh fans stretching -- as they say during the seventh-inning stretch -- from sea to shining sea.
And Hawaii and Alaska.
The map is amazingly granular, getting down to the county level to find which team's Facebook page has the most Likes. Some of the more interesting finds from our full-on, baseball nerd-ing out over this thing:
1. The A's, Mets and Blue Jays are the only teams not represented on the map :( For the A's and Mets, they're swallowed up by the sexier teams in town (the Giants and Yankees, respectively). As for the Blue Jays, it's a map of America, so ... jingoism.
2. And why would anyone like the Mets anyways?
3. Florida has two Major League teams, yet neither the Marlins or Rays win the state. Instead it's the Yankees and Braves who own more (though admittedly less populated) counties than the state's two actual teams.
4. The Braves own the Southeast. The Red Sox own New England.
5. Virginia is for Yankees fans -- and lovers -- despite the Nationals, Orioles and Phillies being within driving distance.
6. Connecticut is the main battlefield of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.
7. Utah is the Connecticut of the Wasatch Mountains.
8. Somebody please give Nebraska, Louisiana or Idaho an MLB ballclub so they can make their minds already.
9. Who's the Giants fan is Kuai'i?
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