Mrs. Halofan took me to Vegas for my birthday (the big five oh) and we stayed on the Strip, swarming with tourists. I saw a lot of baseball hats and shirts and a few jerseys strolling around all day and night Sunday, enough to make some observations:
Royals gear everywhere. Hey, I guess if you have been waiting for 29 years, fly the flag.
Three guys I saw wearing A's shirts looked like preppy frat boys. Clean shaven, never banged a drum in their lives.
Either the Nationals do not have a national following or nobody from DC knows how to party Vegas style.
Giants most popular team with hot chicks. Oh wait, I didn't look long enough to determine if the gender identity presented was in fact the biological gender. Was that a PC enough riposte for you?
Pirates are a hot, exciting team and everyone who loves them is not in Sin City this weekend.
Cardinals hats and shirts make one's skin pasty white and one's belly pushes out with such speed that it retains a horizontal shelf upon which that best fan in baseball could set two pints of beer if he needed to reach in his pocket to dig out his keys.
As classic as the Detroit logo is, Tigers fans buy the most merchandise that is updated, made to look designerly cool, faux retro - all that crap that you see one-offed for thee weeks at the team store and never see again - Verlander nation loves it.
Sample Size: a day of people watching center-strip. And baseball gear outweighed football gear - jerseys and all - as we approach the playoffs - again, one guy looking and thinking, often a dangerous, biased combo.
Do you ever notice any particular clusters of fans who like one team appearing to do so in a "pack-mentality" way?