With most Major League Baseball teams throwing the first pitches of their 2014 seasons Monday, the Facebook Data Science Team took a county-by-county look across the U.S. at which teams have the most likes.
The San Francisco Bay area is home to Facebook, and it is also home to four professional sports teams that have enjoyed recent success or are on the upswing, so the social network examined which parts of the region were the strongest supporters of Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants, and the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.
Major League Baseball recently had its geographical rivalry week, where teams played interleague series against their closest foes. The New York Yankees took on the New York Mets, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim battled it out, as did the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants. We know how the teams did on the field, but who won the rivalry battles on Facebook? We dug through PageData numbers to find out.
The New York Yankees may be injury-plagued and off to a sluggish start to the 2013 Major League Baseball season, but when it comes to Facebook and overall social media, the club is running away with the pennant race.