As the World Series kicks off Tuesday, it’s easy to imagine that most folks who have any rooting interest are pulling for the Royals. They are in the midst of a classic underdog-on-a-magic-carpet-ride story, having not made the postseason since 1985. Plus, even if the Giants aren’t as inherently impossible to root for as, say, the Yankees, the fact that they have already won championship rings in 2010 and 2012 means that no one outside of San Francisco would think they’re “due.”
Nevertheless, the results of an ESPN poll are startling. The show “SportsNation” conducted an online poll to get a sense of how people viewed the Series matchup, and one of the questions was, “Which team are you rooting for to win the World Series?” As of this writing, over 160,000 votes were cast, and they overwhelmingly favored Kansas City. Take a look:
Yup, that’s the entire country, all hoping the Royals win. Even Californians voted for K.C., although the Giants had their best percentage there, only losing favor by a 60%-40% split. Of course, there are a lot of fans of the Athletics, Angels, Dodgers and Padres who would prefer not to see another squad receive championship rings in the Golden State.
The bright side for the Giants is that they shouldn’t have any trouble conjuring an “Us vs. Them” mentality. And isn’t it nice, in these fractured times, to see a cause that brings all 50 states together?
(H/T SB Nation)