After a resounding four-game sweep, and a dramatic rain-soaked clinch in Game 7, the Detroit Tigers (@Tigers) and the San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) will face off tonight for the first game of the World Series. Of course, nothing can beat the experience of being at the ballpark. But Twitter can bring you closer to every pitch of the Fall Classic: to date, throughout the postseason, we’ve seen well over 15 million Tweets about baseball.
Leading into tonight’s game, here are the perspectives you can only find on Twitter:
It’s time to get to work! We’re in San Francisco and getting ready for Game 1. #LetsGoTigerstwitter.com/tigers/status/…
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) October 24, 2012
Panda on how to approach Verlander: “Swing the bat.” Scutaro: “That’s Pablo’s approach against everyone.”
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) October 23, 2012
Congrats to @sfgiants. Heck of a team. Best of luck to them. Win it for the NL.
— Jason Motte (@JMotte30) October 23, 2012
National league champions what !!!! Campeones de la liga nacional a la world series !! twitter.com/hectorsfgiants…
— hector sanchez (@hectorsfgiants) October 23, 2012
If the championship title went to the team with the most Twitter mentions, the @SFGiants would be taking home rings, besting the @Cardinals, @Tigers, and @Yankees during the race for the pennant. Throughout the postseason, the most discussed player was Derek Jeter, followed by fellow Yankee Alex Rodriguez. Tonight’s starter for Detroit, @JustinVerlander, came in third.
Starting tonight for the @SFGiants will be southpaw Barry Zito, who inspired this postseason’s biggest meme: the #RallyZito movement on Twitter. Since he was starting their elimination game on the road, fans took to Twitter to show their outpouring of support through the hashtag and changing their avatars. Zito finished the game with 5 strikeouts and over 50,000 #RallyZito Tweets. Fans continued the momentum for the subsequent pitchers, with #RallyVogey (and #RallyEnchiladas in honor of his pre-game ritual) and #RallyCain (or #RallyHorse) bringing in over 100,000 Tweets.
Unreal the amount of enchiladas being tweeted to me right now! Love it! Here are Ry’s @sfgiantsfans#RallyEnchiladastwitter.com/nicolevogelson…
— Nicole Vogelsong (@nicolevogelsong) October 21, 2012
Already Trending (4 hours until 1st pitch: Game 7 - #SFGiants - #RallyCain
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) October 22, 2012
7 IP, 5 K, 0 ER. #RallyZito is evidence that Twitter affects pitching performance.
— ESPN (@espn) October 20, 2012
Other teams throughout the postseason have used their own creative hashtags to rally their fans, like #BUCKleUp for the @Orioles, #12in12 for the @Cardinals, and #NATITUDE for the @Nationals. Tonight, it’s all about the #WorldSeries!
Posted by Omid Ashtari (@omid)
Head of Sports & Entertainment