For some reason–maybe hatred for the sport or just trying to spruce up the business page–the Wall Street Journal got together with Grammarly to find some folks in sports who never seem to consult their spell-checker prior to making those signs they hold in the stands.
In April, as the story goes, football fans in Washington discovered they not only ignore years of oppression, but years of English lessons in grade school as well. A couple of months have passed, so naturally, it’s time to find the dolts in another sport.
This time, researchers targeted baseball. It would appear some fans in New York need to bulk up their grammar skills just like A-Rod bulked up his…you know.
Grammarly used the same methodology for MLB teams. It reviewed 150 reader comments from the news section of each team website—10,592 total words, on average, per team. Mets fans had the most errors, making 13.9 mistakes per 100 words. It’s quite fitting considering the team’s unofficial slogans in past World Series years—“Ya Gotta Believe” (1973) and “Baseball Like It Oughta Be” (1986)—were littered with typographical errors.
MEMO to the New York City Department of Education: You may want to brush up on that spelling bee competition before you take them out to the ball game.
But hey, chin up, New York baseball fans. The Cleveland Indians fans clearly know how to spell and the closest they have gotten to a World Series since 1948 was in a movie. So, there’s that.
[Pic via Jim McIsaac]