The Chicago White Sox came in ahead of the New York Mets who have a similar fan base in many ways so this is good news for this fanbase.
Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States of America and New York City is the largest. Each team has two baseball teams that are all beloved by different groups of people. The FanSided 250 list came out and it had some interesting results about the fans from each city. The New York Yankees came in at number 14 and were the number one team in Major League Baseball. The Chicago Cubs came in at 40 which is the second-highest ranked baseball team. The cool thing is that each city has a second team and the Chicago White Sox won that battle.
The White Sox came in at #183 which is good for the eleventh best amongst the MLB teams. The New York Mets came in at 211 which was 15th amongst MLB teams. The White Sox and Mets are very similar in that they are the smaller team in the big cities but it is nice to see the White Sox edge them out. Each team’s fanbase is cut from the same cloth as the scrappy fan who adores their team so it is nice to see them get respect.
The White Sox and Mets are both in very different spots on the field, however. The Mets are still trying to salvage what they had going for them in 2015 when they made a World Series appearance. The White Sox have been rebuilding for a few years and are trying to turn the corner in 2020. They don’t play each other that often so they are by no means rivals but it is fun to edge them out as the higher fandom of a second team.
Neither team will ever be as popular as the other teams in their cities but they deserve respect anyway. The White Sox are going to start winning more baseball games really soon so that could help them grow their brand and get even higher on this list.