Phillies fans left off FanSided’s Fandom 250
For the third consecutive year the Phillies have not been represented on the Fandom 250 ranking
Since 2016 FanSided has ranked the fanbases of virtually everything you can imagine; sports teams, celebrities, game shows, comics, you name it. Unfortunately, the Phillies and their fans have never been ranked among the top 250 fanbases in the world.
Given Philadelphia’s lack of success on the field during that time span, it makes sense that our fandom hasn’t shined through.
Last year the Phillies had the fourth-worst average attendance in the National League and the second worst in the National League East, well ahead of the dead-last Marlins.
The Phillies haven’t averaged more than 30,000 fans per game since 2013, the tail-end of their dynasty. Their average attendance did increase by 3,100 last year, and it’s slowly climbed since 2015 after bottoming out at 22,606 per game.
Just because fans aren’t going to games doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be recognized. In a blue-collar city such as Philadelphia, fans aren’t spending their hard-earned money to sit at a ballgame to watch one of the worst teams in the league.
Not that long ago the Phillies set the National League’s record for most consecutive sellouts, finishing at 257. The fans aren’t fair-weather, they’re extremely smart and know when a team is worth seeing in person.
When legends return, even in a different uniform, Phillies fans welcome them home like no other.
Even through a rough patch in the organization’s history the fans came out and endured a lot of pain. That’s one of the reasons Cleveland Browns fans were rated the top fanbase in the world in the 2018 Fandom 250.
For what it’s worth, 76ers fans were rated the best in the NBA and 10th in the world, the Eagles finished fifth in the NFL and 28th overall, and the Flyers were ranked 12th in the NHL and 180th overall.
Better times are coming Phils fans, and when they do our voices will be heard.