By Mariel S. Clark
DNAinfo News Editor
MANHATTAN — Derek Jeter and A-Rod can relax, a 2010 World Series win is in the bag, according to a recent poll of baseball fans.
A whopping 81 percent of fans in New York State believe the Bronx Bombers were likely to bring home their 28th championship, according to a Marist poll released Thursday.
Fans nationwide agreed — one-third picked the Yanks as the team that would win the series this year, regardless of the team they cheered for, according to the poll. Their rivals, the Boston Red Sox, were the team picked second most, but only 11 percent of fans thought they would be victorious in the fall.
The Yankees' edge in the poll may have been due to their fan base, which was larger than any other teams' with 11 percent of fans nationwide cheering for the pinstripes, the Marist poll said. Once again the Sox fell short of the Yanks getting 10 percent of fans nationwide.
Closer to home, more than half of New York State's baseball fans said they cheered for the Bombers; less than a third rooted for the Mets, and 14 percent didn't consider themselves fans of either team.
Yankees fanaticism didn't extend to Citi Field, as just 21 percent of New York State fans thought it likely that the Mets could win it all. Only about one in 10 thought the Mets would be the better New York team this season while more than eight out of 10 gave that honor to the Yankees, according to Marist.
Of course poll numbers won't mean a thing if fans don't fill the seats.
The vast majority of New York state fans said ticket prices were not worth the money and half of Americans polled said they didn't go to a game last year and wouldn't be attending one this year, according to the poll.