Joined: Oct 2008
|The July issue of Men’s Journal looked beyond the diamond and polled 100 major leaguers, asking them to be open and honest on a number of questions about players, teams, managers and cities.
Posted: 6/15/2012 10:21:34 AM
Some of the answers were shocking while others weren’t – 34 percent voted A.J. Pierzynski as the league’s most hated player. No garbage.
The polls ranged from which teams would you like or least like to play for (Yankees 15%/A’s 19 %), smartest manager (Joe Maddon 25 %), most underrated player (Michael Young 15%), and are there happy players in the majors (Yes 72%).
The most intriguing poll – at least from a betting standpoint – was which city has the best groupies? Out of the 100 players, Chicago was voted the best by a whopping 27 percent.
“If you’re asking me for the best city for chicks, that would be Chicago,” one National League reliever told Men’s Journal. “Everyone likes to enjoy themselves there.”
Looking at the home record for the Cubs and White Sox, you’d think those Chitown beauties would keep opposing players out all night, leaving them gassed for day games at Wrigley or stiff (hehehe) for those cold nights at U.S Cellular Field.
However, it seems the Windy City groupies are taking their toll on the home teams. The Cubs and ChiSox have a combined 29-35 record as hosts this season, burning Chicago backers for 9.83 units heading into Friday’s action.
The numbers were even more telling in 2011, where the White Sox finished with a 36-45 home mark and cost South Siders -20.68 units – the most costly home bet in all of baseball. That makes the Cubbies’ 39-42 2011 home record and -5.77 units look like a drop in the bucket.
As the summer heat starts to push the mercury higher, those Chicago sundresses are going to get shorter and shorter. Perhaps now is the best time to start fading the Cubs and White Sox, just before the MLB’s best groupies hit their stride.
Coming in second for best groupies was Scottsdale, Arizona (13 percent) where many clubs hold their spring training.
Toronto came in third (9 percent), where the Blue Jays boast a 16-15 home mark for -3.22 units this season. However, there is something to be said for the lure of Canadian girls. Over the past five seasons (2011-2007), the Jays have finished above .500 at home each year with a combined 228-174 for a total of 17.26 units earned.
Seattle ranked fourth in the poll (7 percent), with one former Mariner saying, “The way the bullpen fences are set up, women are just right there harassing players.” Seattle is 10-18 at Safeco Field this year, losing -9.88 units. Over the past five years, the M’s are 204-201 at home and down -19.24 units with the floozies patrolling the bullpen fence.
Baseball bettors can draw their own conclusions or maybe do an in-depth scouting report the next time they head to the ballpark. Send us your results (w/pics) and perhaps Covers will add a groupie rating next to our ballpark breakdowns.