What does the Wall Street Journal have against the Royals?
Probably nothing, but last year the newspaper called Royals manager Ned Yost a dunce. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal said Royals fans spend too much time on the Internet.
Here’s how that came about.
The Journal asked the proofreading company Grammarly to evaluate baseball fans “on their grammar, spelling and punctuation.” It compiled a “Grammar Power Rankings” by checking on 150 reader comments from the news section of each team website.
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Royals fans finished with the fourth-most mistakes per 100 words (12.4) among the 30 team fanbases (Who knows how many barbecue references Grammarly thinks KC fans got wrong, but I digress).
But that’s not what might rub fans the wrong way. It was this grand finale in the story:
“Grammarly also calculated which fans were the most verbose in their comments. This honor goes to the fans of the Kansas City Royals. Between their lengthy rants and rampant All-Star ballot stuffing, one thing has become clear: Royals fans spend too much time on the Internet.”
Too much time on the Internet? That’s how baseball fans are expected to show their support in the All-Star Game voting, right?