It's a common joke that Florida, specifically South Florida, is the sixth borough of New York City, but a new Quinnipiac University poll shows that it might be closer to the truth than we thought -- and it makes the Miami Marlins look awfully sad.
According to the Connecticut university’s Polling Institute, the Fish are the third favorite baseball team in a state with just two teams, thanks to the New York Yankees.
A survey of 1,988 Floridians shows the Yankees are the most popular team in the Sunshine State, followed by the Tampa Bay Rays and Marlins. Whatever high the Fish are on with this year's improved attendance numbers, here's guessing it just died.
However, the numbers also show that Floridians don’t have the same interest in the sport as other states do, with only 46 percent saying that they are “very interested” or “somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball.
“Florida has only a 19-year tradition with Major League Baseball, so there is less fan interest, with the possible exception of those transplanted New Yorkers and their offspring,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Polling Institute, in a statement.
20 percent of Floridians interviewed said they root for the Yankees, while the Rays were supported by 18 percent and the Marlins by 15 percent.
Southeast Floridians reigned supreme in the Marlins fan category, with 44 percent of locals having a tip-top place in their hearts for the Fish, compared to 25 percent for those fancy Bronx Bombers.
PHOTOS: See how the other MLB teams faired in Florida's eyes:
#1: New York Yankees
Derek Jeter reacts after fouling a ball off against the Oakland Athletics on May 27, 2012 in Oakland, Ca.
#2: Tampa Bay Rays
Sean Rodriguez celebrates his two-run game-winning home run with Elliot Johnson against the Boston Red Sox on May 27, 2012 in Boston, Mass.
#3: Miami Marlins
Giancarlo Stanton celebrates with manager Ozzie Guillen after scoring during a game against the Colorado Rockies on May 22, 2012.
#4: Boston Red Sox
David Ortiz reacts after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against Detroit Tigers on May 29, 2012 in Boston, Mass.
#5: Atlanta Braves
Craig Kimbrel reacts after the Braves' 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on May 29, 2012 in Atlanta.
#6: New York Mets
Scott Hairston celebrates his home run against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 28, 2012 in Queens, NY.
#7 TIE: Chicago Cubs
Rafael Dolis pitches in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros on May 23, 2012 in Houston, Texas.
#7 TIE: Philadelphia Phillies
Ty Wigginton hits a three-run home run against the New York Mets on May 28, 2012 in Queens, NY.
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