When baseball fans hear the crack of a baseball against a wooden bat – and the crack of a beer can opening – they know the season is in full swing. This year’s season may even be boozier than normal, given the fact that many sports fans have been hitting online casinos due to the COVID-19 pandemic instead of attending a baseball game.
Some fan bases are more well-known than others for having a few too many during a game, but which MLB fans are the biggest drinkers? We surveyed MLB fans across the country to ask all about their drinking habits to find out which are the “booziest” baseball fans.
MLB Fans Who Drink the Most
Chicago’s “South Siders” have been known to get a little rowdy (both when watching sports and playing at their favorite online casinos), so it might not be a surprise that the White Sox rank No. 1 on our list of MLB fans who drink the most. According to respondents, White Sox fans drink an average of 4.2 alcoholic beverages per game and outrank their crosstown rivals, the Chicago Cubs, who rank No. 14 on our list.
Coming in at a very close second place are Atlanta Braves fans. These fans drink an average of 4 alcoholic beverages per game and are slightly ahead of Cincinnati Reds fans, which rank No. 3. Cleveland and the San Diego Padres round out the top five and No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
Elsewhere on the list of “booziest” baseball fans is another crosstown rival in New York City. The New York Yankees have won a record 27 World Series Championships compared to the two-time champion New York Mets, but when it comes to drinking, the Mets have the Yankees beat. According to our analysis, the Mets rank No. 12 and the Yankees rank No. 18.
MLB Fans Who Drink the Least
When it comes to MLB fans who drink the least during games, the Philadelphia Phillies rank last with fans consuming an average of 2.4 drinks per game. Phillies fans rank slightly below Oakland A’s fans (2.5 drinks per game) and San Francisco Giants fans (2.7 drinks per game).
Biggest MLB Pregamers
Pregaming, or drinking before a game starts, can be a delicate balancing act. Drink too many and you may not make it through the whole game. Apparently, fans of the Toronto Blue Jays have mastered the art of the pregame. According to respondents, 70% of Blue Jays fans say they typically drink before a game starts. A majority (68%) of St. Louis Cardinals fans surveyed also top our biggest pregamers list at No. 2 followed by the White Sox, which is fitting considering they also top our overall list of biggest drinkers.
However, White Sox fans might not want to jump on the bandwagon to celebrate because they also take the top spot for biggest lightweight drinkers, or fans who admitted to missing some or all of a game due to drinking too much.
But when it comes to the lightweight category, there’s not much room for their crosstown rivals to celebrate either. Chicago Cubs fans rank No. 9 on our list of biggest lightweights followed by fans of the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves.
Will the rankings hold steady for the 2021 MLB season? Only time will tell, but odds are that there will certainly be plenty of drinks to go around.
From Jan. 27 – Feb. 17, 2021, we surveyed 2,631 self-reporting Major League Baseball fans who were over the age of 21 from around the country. Fans were asked how many alcoholic beverages they typically consume while watching a baseball game as well as how much they typically spend on alcoholic beverages while watching a baseball game. 58% of respondents were male and 42% were female. The average age of respondents was 36 years old.
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