Here’s their top five:
1. New York Yankees
2. Philadelphia Phillies
3. San Francisco Giants
4. St. Louis Cardinals
5. Atlanta Braves
Here’s their bottom five:
26. New York Mets
27. Seattle Mariners
28. Pittsburgh Pirates
29. Kansas City Royals
30. Houston Astros
Entering last season, Bucco fans ranked 30th out of 30. With a somewhat successful and support-filled 2012, we’ve moved up to 28th.
In our opinion, it all depends on how you define “loyal.” It seems that the index takes into account entertainment and authenticity besides just winning, but there has been such a limited amount of that over the last 20 years in the Steel City. It’s difficult to support a product so terrible, but there are still plenty of Pirates fans out there. Sure, the team ranks last on the Pittsburgh totem pole after the Steelers and Penguins, but the number of people who still go to games, watch on TV, post on message boards, reads blogs, etc. is incredible considering all the losing. Tons and tons of people still love the Buccos despite the poor decisions and mediocrity.
We can understand why the index ranks Pirates fans so low, but any other fan base would struggle with “loyalty” if their team set a record for consecutive losing seasons.
Some Twitter reactions…
@forbestofederal they get better attendance than the TB Rays & Pirates have an entire generation that’s never seen a winning season
— Sharon Mort (@mort_sharon) March 26, 2013
@forbestofederal Wondering why Marlins aren’t at the bottom? Gotta be the only team that has to do BOGO for Opening Day tickets.
— Brian Murone (@bmur13) March 26, 2013
@forbestofederal how are the braves top 5??do they sellout playoff games yet?
— Tony Armas (@937ApeShift) March 26, 2013
@forbestofederal Winning doesn’t always mean higher crowds, but their criteria is all subjective. Cards are ‘more entertaining’ come on.
— Patrick Reddick (@pmreddick) March 26, 2013
@forbestofederal it’s like they just took the teams and ranked them in order of popularity. Popularity is not loyalty.
— Matthew Miller (@flyguy4_9) March 27, 2013
@forbestofederal I’d like to see the knowledge of the common Pirates fan vs. the knowledge of the common Yankees fan.
— Aaron K. Anderson (@TheAaronKA) March 27, 2013
@ForbesToFederal I will say a TRUE Pirates fan is one of the best fans in sports.
— Brandon Palermo (@BPalermo1) March 27, 2013
Let us know if you agree or disagree with Forbes’ list.