During the broadcast of the second game of the Mets series, Leiter and Kay spoke at length about how much more knowledgeable New York fans are (whether Mets or Yankees) than those in other markets. I, however, am not so convinced. I just spent the last two years living in New York, and I listened to a lot of sports radio (better than studying). Here's your average sample of calls to the FAN, with the reason they're calling bracketed:
[A-Rod goes 0-4 in a spring training game]
Ave. Fan 1: Hey Mike, thanks for taking my call. A-Rod is washed up. What do you think of this trade? A-Rod and cash for Johan Santana, Albert Pujols, and Peavey? Also, the Giants will never win a championship with Eli at the helm.
[Sabathia gives up four runs in eight innings in a game the Yankees win]
Ave. Fan 2: Hey Mike, first time long time. First, let me just say that Eli Manning is the worst quarter back in the league, and it is impossible for him to win a Super Bowl, he has no fire. Second, why did the Yanks sign Sabathia? He's killing them. What do you think about this trade? CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes for Evan Longoria and season tickets at the Trop?
As you can see, not only do New York fans completely overreact all the time, they come up with the most insane trade ideas for players that are not only good, they're essential for their team's success. So my question is, how stupid are non-New York sports fans? Like in Kansas City, do people call the local sports station and go, "Hey, where does Grienke get off spelling his name with a 'G'? What an @$$hole!"? I'm just not convinced.