A recent study has added insult to injury for Phillies fans. According to Grammarly, an automated proofreading company hired by The Wall Street Journal, Phillies fans have the second worst grammar in MLB.
The Wall Street Journal had this to say about the result:
“The second-most mistake-prone fan base belonged to the Mets’ NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies. These results should come as no surprise to anyone who has sat in the upper deck of a late-night Mets-Phillies game. Typically, by the seventh inning of these games, the rival fan groups have forgone the English language to grunt and throw peanuts at each other.”
The Wall Street Journal had previously employed Grammarly to evaluate NFL fans’ grammar usage. The study found that Eagles fans had the third best grammar in the NFL.
The only redeeming quality of this study is that Mets fans finished first in grammar mistakes, averaging 13.9 mistakes per 100 words. Phillies fans averaged 13.5.
The fan base with the best grammar belonged to Cleveland, who averaged just 3.6 mistakes per 100 words.
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 22, 2015
The reasons for these results are puzzling, especially since it’s assumed that most Eagles fans are Phillies fans. One would think that proper grammar usage would translate to baseball, but it obviously has not. The Phillies do have some tricky names on their roster. “Maikel” could be mistaken for “Michael,” and “Ryne” could definitely be mistaken for “Ryan.”
But hey, at least the Mets are still the worst.