Who does your favorite baseball team root for? Democrats or Republicans?
August 9, 2002 6:45 AM   Subscribe

 
As thrilled as I am to see sparkling zeros beside my team, I know that those zeros wouldn't be there if the list of parties included other evil (albeit Canadian) entities. Stupid owners.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 7:04 AM on August 9, 2002


What's with Cincinnati and Baltimore? They'd better be on the receiving end of some fantastic property tax deals for that kind of money....
posted by Fabulon7 at 7:11 AM on August 9, 2002


I find it interesting the split between American League and National League teams. National league clubs are far more republican than democrat. American league teams favor the dems.

By my quick calculations:

National League teams donated an average of
$40,141 to the GOP and $14,580 to Dems

American League teams donated an average of
$10,360 to the GOP and $71,600 to the Democrats

The Orioles numbers skew that quite a bit, but even if you leave them out:
$11,148 GOP, $28,536 Dem.
posted by jpoulos at 7:12 AM on August 9, 2002


The Chicago Cubs are an interesting case, in 1999-2000 64% went to republicans, but from 2001-2002 96% went to democrats. Anyone willing to bet against this: "The shift is primarily due to the desire to expand Wrigley Field."
posted by kurtosis at 7:12 AM on August 9, 2002


More on Peter Angelos of the Orioles. Also note that the O's meagre contributions to the Republicans all came from Tom Clancy...
posted by transient at 7:27 AM on August 9, 2002


Angelos, who led a group of investors that purchased the Baltimore Orioles in 1993 for a then-record $173 million, wields considerable financial and political clout at home. When he wants something from state lawmakers, the measures he supports are referred to simply as "Angelos bills."
posted by mooseindian at 7:29 AM on August 9, 2002


What's with Cincinnati and Baltimore? They'd better be on the receiving end of some fantastic property tax deals for that kind of money....

As someone who is tired of paying for a new stadium for the Cincinnati Reds, those numbers really infuriate me. They can afford to shovel money off like that, but they can't pay for their own ball field. Absolutely rediculous.
posted by benjh at 8:11 AM on August 9, 2002


What's with Cincinnati and Baltimore? They'd better be on the receiving end of some fantastic property tax deals for that kind of money....

The numberrs are not what the baseball teams are giving but the owners.

Uncle Carl also owns Chiquita Brands, Great American Insurance, UDF, and a few other companies. I think that is why the Reds total is as large as it is.
posted by Mick at 8:40 AM on August 9, 2002


Isn't it a little odd that the Reds are giving so much to the republicans?
posted by revbrian at 9:12 AM on August 9, 2002


I once had a meeting with the managers of a not-for-profit event Cincinnati's Lindner supports. It came out that some of his personal investments profitted directly from Great American's charitable support. I wonder if he expects a similar return on his political contributions?

I'll be changing my profile information now to protect my phony-baloney government job.
posted by putzface_dickman at 9:19 AM on August 9, 2002


Isn't it a little odd that the Reds are giving so much to the republicans?

LOL, truth is truly better than fiction most of the time. As an interesting historical note on the theme you raised, the Red Scare of the 1930s influenced the Cincinnati Reds' name. At the time, the team was know as the "Red Legs." During the Red Scare, the owner was afraid that the team name would associate the team too closely with the Communist Party of the US. The owner then shortened the name to the "Reds".

What really surprised me was the Oakland A’s (or its owner) donated no money to either party. Considering that the A’s Mascot is an elephant, I would guess that they would support the Republican Party. Or perhaps, the Republican Party might seek some sort of tie-in advertising deal with the A’s.
posted by Bag Man at 9:45 AM on August 9, 2002


It would be interesting to see an extra bit of info: which party controls which town. My guess is in this free stadium bonanza, where city gov'ts (that means your money) are used to erect 20 million dollar stadiums for these private ball clubs to play in, and charge $50+ per head, every cent is going whatever local politician has any sway in getting them a new free stadium.

The differences between the NL and AL seem to be city-specific to me, at least on the western half of the united states, I think of the AL towns as being predominately democrat, and vice versa.
posted by mathowie at 9:49 AM on August 9, 2002


more staggering numbers. (scroll down)

there's just no way these teams aren't making money.
posted by oliver_crunk at 10:47 AM on August 9, 2002


It would be interesting to see an extra bit of info: which party controls which town.

Well, the local gov in Cincy is mostly dems (very conservative ones though), but Hamilton County has always been a Republican stronghold at the state and fed level.
posted by Mick at 12:05 PM on August 9, 2002


transient: isnt' that ironic, too, seeing as how Clancy plans to have Baltimore blown up with a nuclear weapon?
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 12:32 PM on August 9, 2002


Clancy chose Denver. The movie adaptation acquired a gratuitous location change somewhere along the way.
posted by adamsc at 10:21 PM on August 10, 2002


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