Who are the happiest and saddest fans in baseball?


We all have some knee-jerk idea of this. Sometimes I think the Mets could win back-to-back-to-back World Series and their fans will say something like “nice, but I’m sure a Mets player will get gold poisoning from his rings now [insert a little frowny-face emoticon.” Some Blue Jays fans I’ve run into recently are like the Black Knight in Monty Python’s “Holy Grail” and will declare their team’s greatness even if all 25 dudes on the roster literally have their limbs cut off.

Which is to say, this sort of thing is highly subjective.

But Rob Arthur of FiveThirtyEight to quantify some of that:

Every fan base lost some of its happiness from the preseason, save one: the Chicago Cubs, who increased their sentiment score by a bit . . . All other teams’ fans have become much less happy since February, but not all by the same amount. The change in sentiment score from February to July is roughly in proportion to the change in playoff odds of each team.

So, we’re all miserable except Cubs fans? Jesus, what a bizarro year this is!