March 15, 2018 | Number of The Day
Percentage of NJ baseball fans who favor the New York Yankees

Damn Yankees! They always find a way to win, don’t they? It turns out they’re top of the heap among baseball followers in the Garden State, 47 percent of whom give their allegiance to the gents in pinstripes. This is according to the Quinnipiac University New Jersey Baseball Poll, which was released yesterday. So, how ‘bout them Mets? Or Phillies? Well, the Phillies are the favorite team of 20 percent of New Jersey baseball fans. And the Mets, they manage to scrape up love from just 18 percent. And here’s the salt in the wound for Mets and Phillies fans: the Yankees’ number is an improvement over last year, when they rated 39 percent support to 21 percent for the Phillies and 20 percent for the Mets.

“None of the other major league teams even comes close when it comes to winning the hearts of Jersey guys, or gals,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll — as if that’s any comfort to Mets and Phillies fans.

But, as Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” There’s always next year.