Royals Took the Crown, and Took over Twitter

Did it hit you yet that there will not be another Major League Baseball game played until the first weekend in April? Well then let’s take a look back at the most recent MLB game, shall we? (Sorry Mets fans.)

Game 5 of the World Series was not only the most popular playoff baseball game on Twitter this year, it accumulated the most tweets out of any sporting event that has run on Social Delta. The game accumulated over half a million tweets at 513,571 between a half-hour before the game started to 1:30 a.m. ET, an hour after the Royals #TookTheCrown. Take a look at the full graph version of this game here (again, hard to re-live if you’re a Mets fan).

The game-tying run in the ninth garnered an incredible 3,268 curated tweets, but the tweets kept rolling in once the Royals took the lead.
The game-tying run in the ninth garnered an incredible 3,268 curated tweets, but the tweets kept rolling in once the Royals took the lead.

Perhaps the first thing that you’ll notice is that there was nothing but a steady onslaught of tweets once the Royals took the lead in the 12th inning. This didn’t stop until the game was officially over and even then it did not stop until we stopped capturing tweets well after the postgame celebrations had wrapped up. This is not really too much of a surprise, since we saw in previous series-clinching games how well the games do on Twitter after the games are officially over.

But the highest peak of the graph belongs to when the Royals came back to tie up the game in the ninth. Lucas Duda’s throwing error accumulated 3,268 curated tweets of excitement from Royals fans, shock and disbelief from the Mets faithful, and amazement from those of us watching simply as fans of baseball. All three groups can simply say that we can’t wait for baseball to return in five long months.

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