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by Josh Depeel
The 2018 World Series featured two of the oldest franchises in baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers faced off against the Boston Red Sox for the first time in the fall classic since 1916. With such staunch fans behind each team, one can imagine tensions arising between each other. However, for the fanbases of the 28 teams that did not reach, the divisiveness appears to be incredibly one sided.
In results that were published in the Boston Magazine, the sports betting website named SportsBetting.ag created a study that analyzed which states were rooting for which team in the 7-game series.
The study was conducted through a comparison on Twitter with the number of hashtags that citizens across the nation used during the World Series. Each of these hashtags were used to support a particular team. Some commonly used by the Red Sox were #DoDamage and #DirtyWater. The Dodgers on the other hand used #LADetermined and #GoDodgers. As seen on the map above, the majority of the countries Twitter users were quite profound with their support of the Red Sox.
In multiple states, the contest wasn’t even close. North Dakota had 1,700 tweets for Boston but only 84 for Los Angeles. West Virginia was another secluded state that strongly supported the Red Sox with 830 votes compared to 63.
This comes off multiple playoff series for the Dodgers in which players were questioned for dangerous and unethical play; namely, shortstop Manny Machado. Machado was acquired earlier in the season for a handful of prospects from the Baltimore Orioles. He carries over a reputation that many fans consider to be hazardous for the game. His action of intentionally tripping Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar in the NLCS sparked outrage on social media. Many fans called for him to be suspended but the league deemed that no action was necessary.
After losing in the World Series the previous season to the Houston Astros, the Dodgers ultimately succumbed to the might of the 108-win Red Sox losing in 5 games. This included an 18 inning thriller which was the longest game in World Series history on record (seven hours and twenty minutes).
Both teams now look towards the offseason and free agency to re-sign players on expired contracts and to add some new pieces.
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