This post is dedicated to Matt “Long-suffering” Purdue.
It comes as no surprise to this blogger that my beloved New York Mets, who find themselves in the midst of an epic June Swoon, also have the least literate fans in Major League Baseball.
According to a new survey undertaken by Grammarly, Mets fans top the Majors in possessing the worst command of the English language. The team also happens to boast the worst offense in the National League, but I don’t believe one is connected to the other.
In reaching their not-so-surprising conclusion, Grammarly experts analyzed 150 reader reviews from the news section of each MLB team’s website (an average of 10,592 words per team).
Like their on-the-field counterparts, Mets fans committed the most errors, making 13.9 per 100 words. Their rants contained misspellings, mixed metaphors and general abuse of the English language.
Surprisingly, the Cleveland Indians, an equally inept franchise, happen to attract the most literate fans in baseball!
Both Chicago teams finished in Grammarly’s top five, as did the Padres and Mariners.
Interestingly enough, the high and mighty New York Yankees don’t attract a high-brow fan base. In fact, the Bronx Bombers’ fans performed almost as badly as their inter-city rivals. Methinks both New York franchises should announce an “A.P. Style Book Giveaway Day” at their respective ballpark (and hand out the venerable spelling and grammar guides to the first 15,000 attendees).
So, will the Mets on-field, or online, performance improve any time soon? Hey, ya gotta believe!