As I attempted to cover the countdown of my favorite albums of 2011 from a baseball angle, a common refrain was to identify which artists are fans of what teams. Some of this was based on my prior knowledge, but I also did a lot of internet searching to make these determinations.
So, just for giggles, I thought I'd list all the artists with a baseball affinity here and associate them with the teams to which they pledge their loyalties, at least to the extent I was able to figure out. In doing so, I've unofficially determined what are the most popular teams among my top bands and solo artists of last year. Honestly, I thought the Braves would distinguish themselves, but as you'll see below, this extremely unscientific survey resulted in a three-way tie.
One detail that's worth noting: a couple of these folks don't necessarily have one particular team they consider their favorite, particularly those I determined by listening to The Baseball Project's "Fair Weather Fans." In these cases, I counted them as fans of the teams whose loyalties they appear to have maintained the longest.
In doing my research here, I also found this MLB.com interview with Wilco where they talk about being baseball fans, but don't really express any devotion to a particular team. Glenn Kotche is sorta "we prefer the Cubs but we also like the Sox," and Jeff Tweedy mentions liking the Red Sox as a kid. But, he also references being from St. Louis and, despite his current status as a Chicago resident, having a difficult time considering himself a Cubs fan. So, he's a little too all-over-the-place for me to count as anything but a fan of the game itself. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Anyway, for what it's worth, here's what I came up with:
Mike Mills (R.E.M.)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Steve Wynn (The Baseball Project)
Linda Pitmon (The Baseball Project)
Gary Louris (The Jayhawks)
New York Yankees
St. Louis Cardinals
Will Johnson (Centro-Matic)
San Francisco Giants
Scott McCaughey (The Baseball Project)
Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie)
Peter Buck (R.E.M., The Baseball Project)
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