“If the New York Yankees are considered Evil Empire, then the Los Angeles Dodgers are the Death Star.”
This comment came after the Dodgers went to back-to-back World Series and finished in 2019 with a franchise record of 106 wins. After excitingly eliminated Game 5 of the National League Division Series, against eventual champions Washington Nationals, Dodgers acquired former Cy Young Award winner David Price and former American League MVP Mookie Betts.
“Star Wars” nicknames for baseball teams began in early 2002. The Yankees had just completed three consecutive championship streaks between 1998 and 2000, stealing every major free agent or trade win from rival Boston Red Sox. remember when Was Alex Rodriguez traded to Boston before the deal broke down and went to New York instead?
In 2002, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino was pissed off after losing Japanese outfielder Hideki Matsui and pitcher Jose Contreras to the Yankees in less than a week. The New York Times asked Lucchino for comment on the Yankees that signed these two players, and Lucchino replied, “The evil empire is extending its tentacles into Latin America.”
The nickname stuck and the hated Yankees have become synonymous with Star Wars villains. Thin lines adopted the nickname and even played “Empire Walk” (Darth Vader’s theme song) at home games.
For over two decades, the team with the most World Series titles in MLB history has been the most hated team in any sport.
However, the Yankees have not returned to the World Series since 2009, and the Dodgers are building a dynasty in the West. The acquisition of Betts led to the team’s first win. World Series championship since 1988, albeit in a 60-game shortened season with the playoffs held in a “bubble” environment in Arlington, Texas due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entering the 2021 season, both the Dodgers and Yankees were overwhelming Betting favorites to meet at the Fall Classic. However, injuries hampered both teams’ seasons, and each organization finished second or third in their division for most of the year.
In August, both the Dodgers and Yankees warmed up. New York had a 13-game winning streak to return to the playoff table, and Los Angeles closed the month with a 19-6 record.
Both teams are now in control of their post-season destinies as they are ahead as the best wildcard team. While neither team was top of their division, that didn’t stop fans nationwide from hating the two clubs.
According to this BetOnline.agFor more than a month, the Dodgers, a sports betting site that relied on Twitter data on geotags, hashtags, and direct keyword associations for fans to downplay each of the 30 MLB clubs, were America’s most hated team.
The Dodgers were the most hated team in nine states, according to state-by-state data that included more than 100,000 different tweets. The Yankees finished just behind the Dodgers as the most hated team in eight states, and just behind the Houston Astros, who had been involved in a team. cheating scandal and hated by most baseball fans for cheating to win a championshipplaced third with seven states.
Below is the full breakdown by state, including a map of the United States showing the states’ results.
Distribution by State:
Los Angeles Dodgers: 9 states
New York Yankees: 8 states
Houston Astros: 7 states
st. Louis Cardinals: 6 states
New York Mets: 6 states
Chicago Cubs: 4 states
Boston Red Sox: 3 states
Chicago White Sox: 3 states
Atlanta Braves: 1 state
Philadelphia Phillies: 1 state
San Francisco Giants: 1 state
Cleveland Indians: 1 state