Also known as America’s favorite pastime, baseball is one of the most popular sports in the nation. Each year, millions of fans rush to ballparks all over the country to cheer on their favorite team. However, all baseball teams and their fans were not created equal. While some major league baseball teams have built fan bases so strong that not even a consistent losing record could turn them away; other’s struggle to fill seats every night. However, those lucky enough to have a solid fan base may even want to consider these people family. Some of these fans are even willing to argue and fight in an attempt to defend their favorite team’s honor. Here are the 20 craziest MLB fan bases in the U.S.
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The Oakland A’s certainly aren’t the best team in the league, actually, they never really win anything. But that doesn’t stop their fans from showing support. The A’s have some of the most determined and dedicated fans in all of baseball, and the book and subs movie, Moneyball, was based on the team.
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The city of Baltimore is a very unique place, and as a result, has some pretty unique fans. Whens the Orioles are winning, everyone near by will know, because Orioles fans are certainly not quiet. During a home game, it is not uncommon to see people of all ages dressed in Orioles garb from head to toe.
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Arizona is so hot that anybody willing to sit in the sun for a baseball game must be crazy. Although the D-Backs haven’t won anything in recent years, they’ve been pretty successful throughout the history of the franchise. However, the best thing about this fan base is that they always show up and stick together, even when they don’t believe the team stands a chance to win.
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Representing our nation’s capital certainly isn’t easy, especially when you’ve never even made it to a World Series game. However, despite poor performances, the Nationals still seem to have some people willing to call themselves fans, and that alone is pretty remarkable.
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Tampa Bay Rays
The city of Tampa loves its Rays so much that some fans are even willing to get arrested for it. Recently, a Tampa Bay Rays fan ran onto the field in the middle of a game just to meet left fielder, Desmond Jennings. Unfortunately for the fan, his meet and greet was cut short when security finally caught up with him.
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Los Angeles Angels
If there’s one word to describe the Los Angeles Angels fans it’s loyal. This fan base shows up time and time again, and has even made a website specifically dedicated to publishing Angels related content from the perspective of a fan.
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Everything is bigger in Texas, so it should come as no surprise that the Houston Astros have some pretty crazy fans. The Astros’ fans are crazy about their team, and they surely won’t hesitate to let you know.
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The Atlanta Braves have a very rich history. However, even with two World Series’ titles to their names, the Braves haven’t brought the pennant to Atlanta since 1995. Still, the team’s loyal fans, and the city of Atlanta, continue to show the team unconditional support.
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Los Angeles Dodgers
With two baseball teams to choose from, the city of Los Angeles is naturally torn. However, both teams have a core group of dedicated fans, and a few who switch back and forth depending on whose having the better season. The Dodgers’ fans in particular, seem to enjoy going hard for their team. Most recently they caught media attention after many complained that they could no longer catch the games on TV because of an exclusive cable deal.
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The windy city loves its sports teams, and as a result the Cubs get a lot of love. The Chicago Cubs have so much faith that many seem to believe that the Cubs will win the World Series this year, that there’s been an increase in bets throughout the city. So, how does this make them crazy you ask? The Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908!
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St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals fans’ dedication runs deep. Fans of all ages show up each season to show support for their team. This dedication was never more evident than in early 2015 when a 10 year-old Cardinals fan – who happens to live in L.A., and be friends with Yasiel Puig – made headlines for his unwavering love for his favorite team.
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Philadelphia is a big sports city. With a team for almost every professional sport (including) soccer, there’s a sport for Philadelphians to love during every season. However, Phillies fans love baseball all year. All throughout baseball, these fans have earned a pretty big reputation for being a little on the wild side, but sometimes for being a little too crazy. In 2014, a drunk Phillies fan vomitted on a young girl’s head.
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Despite never having won a World Series title, people in Texas love the rangers. In 2014, a young Rangers fan found himself in the spotlight after his funny faces during a game earned him some time on the jumbotron. There’s nothing wrong with getting them started early!
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There’s not a whole lot going on in Minnesota, so it doesn’t come as huge surprise that there’s some pretty diehard Twins fans in the city. Sure, the twins haven’t won a World Series in nearly 30 years, but that doesn’t seem to matter for the team’s fans.
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The Cincinnati Reds have some of the craziest fans in baseball. During opening day of the 2014 season, fans dressed in various costumes to show their love for the team. The reds are also lucky to have some pretty diehard celebrity fans including: Darius Rucker, Andy Roddick, and Charlie Sheen.
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The Milwaukee Brewers are definitely not the most popular team in a major league baseball, but that doesn’t stop their dedicated fans from reaping their favorite team proudly. At the 2014 all-star game, Brewers’ fans showed up and showed out when two of the team’s players were up to star the all-star game.
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Over the last several years, the city of Detroit hasn’t had much to be proud of. Unfortunately, the Tigers haven’t been able to win a World Series. However, the team’s presence in the city has helped with morale in the area. During opening day in 2015, several Tigers fans showed up to the stadium dressed as the team’s mascot.
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The Boston Redsox are half of one of the biggest rivalries in major league baseball. Throughout the team’s history, the Sox have won eight World Series titles. As a result of their strong past and tradition of winning, Boston Redsox fans take their membership to the fan club very seriously. In fact, Boston residence even feel slightly offended whenever someone in the area wears a baseball cap that isn’t affiliated with the Redsox.
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San Francisco Giants
After winning the World Series in 2015, the San Francisco Giants were able to strengthen their fan base. As with the hometown of any winning team, San Francisco residents are officially proud to be able to call the Giants their own. Hopefully this enthusiasm will continue to be present, regardless of the Giants wedding.
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New York Yankees
The New York Yankees baseball team is so famous that some people are fans without even knowing. With a population of around eight million people, New York City is full of proud residents, all of whom probably own at least one item with the New York Yankees logo on it. Plus, you can’t go wrong reaping a team with only 27 World Series titles to.
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