Sometimes you're driving down the Pennsylvania turnpike and you pull over at a rest stop and you just want to be sure that the guy at the urinal next to you loves Chase Utley as much as you do.
The New York Times has released a color-coded infographic that shows, down to exact zip codes, which baseball teams are supported in which areas.
Fans may not list which team they favor on the census, but millions of them do make their preferences public on Facebook. Using aggregated data provided by the company, we were able to create an unprecedented look at the geography of baseball fandom, going down not only to the county level, as Facebook did in a nationwide map it released a few weeks ago, but also to ZIP codes.
Shocker: The Delaware County is pretty red. No surprises there. But the cool part is playing with the map long enough to see where the allegiances start to shift.
Bellefonte, Pa. -- a town you probably only know from its dateline on stories about Jerry Sandusky -- breaks down like this: 28% Phillies, 27% Pirates, 15% Yankees.
The disconcerting part is that 13% of the people immediately surrounding Citizens Bank Park are either Yankees or Red Sox fans. Commenter "jf" speak said truth:
13% of the people surrounding ANYWHERE are going to identify as Yankees or BoSox fans (and/or Cowboys or Lakers fans).
On the flip side, 7% of all polar bears in Lake and Peninsula Borough, Alaska count themselves as World F***ing Champions.
CSNPhilly's John Finger with a late addition:
There are no Mets fans anywhere.
Like we said, the fun part is playing with the map. So head over to the Times and click around: