Pirates and Royals fans might argue the standings, but Nationals fans bracing for another disappointing season nod dejectedly in agreement and sigh on this rainy opening day.
Apparently, being home to a team that routinely places last is enough to turn a fan blue, earning Washington, D.C. a homerun as the world’s unhappiest pro baseball city.
This week, Avvo, a ratings site for doctors and lawyers, released its findings of America’s most depressed baseball cities. Looking at cities lacking a World Series win in the last 20 years, Avvo factored in psychiatrists and divorce lawyers per capita, the city’s unemployment rate, drinking habits, suicide statistics, self-reported unhappy days and answers to the company’s medical and legal questionnaire.
The results? It’s a miracle Nationals fans can get out of bed in the morning.
“Baseball fans are incredibly passionate about their teams so it’s no surprise they suffer from bouts of depression and disappointment after a big loss or after the seemingly endless succession of losing seasons,” said Mark Britton, founder and CEO of Avvo.
If misery loves company, there’s one silver lining. Neighboring Baltimore Orioles fans feel similar pain, placing third on the list. Other cities fighting the blues this baseball season include Oakland, Seattle, Houston, San Diego, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh, Denver, Los Angeles, New York Mets, Tampa, Dallas, Kansas City, Detroit and Milwaukee.