(RADIO.COM Sports) Eagles fans might have to have a little conversation with their Philly neighbors about this one.
The MLB fan base that consumes the smallest amount of alcohol per game belongs to the Philadelphia Phillies, according to the results of more than 2,500 surveys conducted by njonlinegambling.com — which, by no means, is the most scientific study out there but is still an impressive amount of work. Alternatively, sitting proudly atop the list are the rowdy devotees of the Chicago White Sox, who consume an average of 4.2 drinks per game in contrast to Phillies fans' 2.4 beers.
The only other fans to average at least 4.0 alcoholic beverages per game are Atlanta Braves supporters, who aren't so far behind the White Sox fan base. If anything, the two clubs at the top show that it's not a matter of the team's struggles that dictate how much the fans will imbibe.
Where's this data coming from? According to the methodology section, 2,631 self-reporting MLB fans who were over the age of 21 responded to the surveys from all around the country. The questions asked them how many alcoholic beverages they would normally drink while watching a baseball game. In the study, 58% of the respondents were male while 42% were female, and the average age was around 36 years old.
Here are how some rivalries and same-state duos around the league played out in this interesting set of data:
— The White Sox (No. 1) clearly defeated their crosstown rivals, with Cubs fans averaging 3.4 drinks per game (No. 14).
— The state of New York was captured by Mets fans, who average 3.5 drinks per game (No. 12) to outpace Yankees fans' average 3.1 (No. 18).
— The Dodgers and Padres are likely to have a close battle atop the NL West, but it was no contest here among their fans, seeing as Padres fans averaged 3.7 drinks (No. 5) and the Dodgers' averaged 2.7 (No. 27).
— The Bay Area apparently likes to lay off the adult beverages during baseball games, as the fans of the Giants (2.7) and Athletics (2.5) ranked No. 28 and 29, respectively.