Steve Goldman conducted an informal investigation into whether New Haven was a Yankee or Red Sox city. His conclusion:
Yesterday’s follow-up on New Haven’s partiality to pinstripes or
crimson hosiery provoked a bigger blizzard of mail than the initial
entry, all coming down on the side of the Yankees. I am told that though one can get both YES and NESN in New Haven, the Bombers long ago conquered the burg.
This is a question close to my heart because I was born in that great city, and anytime I meet a New Haven resident, it’s the first thing I ask him/her. It doesn’t matter the context. I have stopped strangers in the street to find out the answer to this question. During a Harold Bloom lecture, I interrupted the critic to get his take on things. He responded, "What’s a baseball?" And I was escorted off the Yale campus (that never happened). The pattern I’ve noticed is that most New Haven natives, the ones who’ve lived there longer than a decade, are Yanks fans. And most Yalies are Sox fans. Anyway, it heartens me to know that a Baseball Prospectus expert has proven it to be a Bombers town. Advanced metrics do not lie.
I went to college in Middletown, CT, which, and I’m basing this entirely on the name, is pretty much midway between Massachusetts and New York. Again, there seemed to be a split, with more of the natives liking the Yanks and more of the transient college kids liking Boston. In recent years, the YES and NESN networks have both extended their tentacles to all parts of the country, including all parts of Connecticut, making the fan loyalty split even more muddled. But I’m interested to hear from Connecticut residents and those that truly know (unlike, say, me) which counties and cities are Yanks ones and which are Sox ones.
Your responses, depending on their persuasiveness, could sway the state either way.