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 2014 Major League Baseball season started early for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, who played two games in Sydney, Australia, last weekend, but most fans will celebrate their respective teams’ Opening Days this week. Which clubs are entering the 2014 campaign with the most momentum on Facebook?
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.
While most baseball fans either love or hate the New York Yankees, the team is growing in Facebook popularity. Already the most-liked baseball team on Facebook, the Yankees have added the most likes this past week of any Major League Baseball team, and by a wide margin. The team that has gained the second-most likes this week is the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by the Boston Red Sox, and the Atlanta Braves.