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Where MLB Teams and Social Media Collide

It used to be that baseball fans were limited to the newspaper sports pages, , local radio and TV to find out about what was happening on and off the field. But, that was then and to quote the great Bob Dylan, "The times they are a changin."

In anticipation of Opening Day, Facebook recently compiled data gathered from its millions of members regarding MLB fan activity on the popular social network. Some of the trends were surprising, others not so much. Here are five findings that stood out to me and my two cents as well.

1.  Oakland A's fans tend to have the most friends.

I can see that. Oakland isn't far from Berkeley, California, where the "Peace, Love and Harmony" thing is still alive and well. I was there recently with the punk band I play in and you could tell that, from Punkers to hippies, everyone seemed cool with one another.  So yea, A's fans have a lot of friends…sure, I buy it.

2. Philadelphia Phillies fans are the most loyal.

They call Philly "The City of Brotherly Love" for a reason. The teams in the Philadelphia area are loved when they’re winning and abused when they’re losing, but Philadelphians will never turn their backs on The Phightin’ Phils. They are one big family - the fans, the players and front office. I went to high school in the area and, although I am a transplant and don't pull for the Phillies, I had to admire my friends and their love for the club. They’re also wildly rabid fans and I learned early that if you’re out numbered, it’s best to just stay quiet.

3. Women tend to like the Cardinals.

This one I don't get.  I'm not coming from the female point of view on it so I can't really speak as to why women dig the red birds…maybe it's the tradition, or the Pujols…maybe it's the city of St. Louis.  I really don't know.  Most of the women I know love the Yankees or Dodgers…some are even proud members of The Red Sox Nation.  Reading this surprised me.  My mom has always said, "The woman is usually right."  And let's face it, they usually are…whether guys admit it or not.  So GO CARDS…the ladies love ya.

4. Ranger fans are the most conservative.

I won't bore you with the Red State v. Blue State thing.  I have my political views and you have yours.  At the end of the day we all wear USA on the front of our jerseys so we’ll leave it at that.

This stat didn't surprise me at all.  Texas is a great state.  I have spent time there and love the people.  They are old school when it comes to manners.  The Texas Belles have charm and class and the men still have the swagger and chivalry of days long gone.  I think it's a good thing.  There’s nothing wrong with being polite, right?  And who knows, maybe when you get heckled for wearing a Yankee cap at The Ballpark in Arlington they sound like, "The Yankees are just pretty darn lousy, Hoss…we'd be much obliged if you'd take off your cap."  That wouldn't be so bad.

5. The Yanks are most liked.

I am a Yankee fan. No, you don't have to like it.  It is what it is.  I’m a die-hard. I love my Bronx Bombers.  They are in a world of their own.  Whether you follow baseball or not you know who Derek Jeter and A-Rod are. New York is the world's big stage and the Yankees are always benefiting from that.  So, yeah, the Yanks are most liked here and abroad. Outside of the great State of Massachusetts, that is.

6. Red Sox fans are the most spread out.

There’s no truer fact in the world. The Sox Nation is very real, ladies and gents.  They are everywhere!  As a Yankee fan, they have haunted me at every turn.  My own brother is a proud member and still chants "Kevin Brown" when I see him…and he lives in Philadelphia now! I have lived and worked in LA for the past 12 years and every time I find a quiet place to sit down and watch my bombers (and that ain't easy in Los Angeles), a Sox fan will be there to sing me the Sox Nation anthem. You've heard it - it starts with the word Yankees…

I used to hang out in a place called Rick's in Venice, California to catch my Yankee games and can't remember ever not hearing, "Jon Lestah is common' for you boys, kid.  The Sox will take the division by five games or more, dodo."  Boston may be a small town, but the Nation is everywhere.

What do you guys think about the Facebook study? Let us know what surprised you and be sure to follow the MLB Fan Cave on Facebook. Hopefully, by this time next year, Facebook will be compiling similar data on the types of fans who like MLB Fan Cave.

To keep up with us on Facebook, make sure to like the MLB Fan Cave page here: http://www.facebook.com/MLBFanCave

Where MLB Teams and Social Media Collide

It used to be that baseball fans were limited to the newspaper sports pages, , local radio and TV to find out about what was happening on and off the field. But, that was then and to quote the great Bob Dylan, "The times they are a changin."

In anticipation of Opening Day, Facebook recently compiled data gathered from its millions of members regarding MLB fan activity on the popular social network. Some of the trends were surprising, others not so much. Here are five findings that stood out to me and my two cents as well.

1.  Oakland A's fans tend to have the most friends.

I can see that. Oakland isn't far from Berkeley, California, where the "Peace, Love and Harmony" thing is still alive and well. I was there recently with the punk band I play in and you could tell that, from Punkers to hippies, everyone seemed cool with one another.  So yea, A's fans have a lot of friends…sure, I buy it.

2. Philadelphia Phillies fans are the most loyal.

They call Philly "The City of Brotherly Love" for a reason. The teams in the Philadelphia area are loved when they’re winning and abused when they’re losing, but Philadelphians will never turn their backs on The Phightin’ Phils. They are one big family - the fans, the players and front office. I went to high school in the area and, although I am a transplant and don't pull for the Phillies, I had to admire my friends and their love for the club. They’re also wildly rabid fans and I learned early that if you’re out numbered, it’s best to just stay quiet.

3. Women tend to like the Cardinals.

This one I don't get.  I'm not coming from the female point of view on it so I can't really speak as to why women dig the red birds…maybe it's the tradition, or the Pujols…maybe it's the city of St. Louis.  I really don't know.  Most of the women I know love the Yankees or Dodgers…some are even proud members of The Red Sox Nation.  Reading this surprised me.  My mom has always said, "The woman is usually right."  And let's face it, they usually are…whether guys admit it or not.  So GO CARDS…the ladies love ya.

4. Ranger fans are the most conservative.

I won't bore you with the Red State v. Blue State thing.  I have my political views and you have yours.  At the end of the day we all wear USA on the front of our jerseys so we’ll leave it at that.

This stat didn't surprise me at all.  Texas is a great state.  I have spent time there and love the people.  They are old school when it comes to manners.  The Texas Belles have charm and class and the men still have the swagger and chivalry of days long gone.  I think it's a good thing.  There’s nothing wrong with being polite, right?  And who knows, maybe when you get heckled for wearing a Yankee cap at The Ballpark in Arlington they sound like, "The Yankees are just pretty darn lousy, Hoss…we'd be much obliged if you'd take off your cap."  That wouldn't be so bad.

5. The Yanks are most liked.

I am a Yankee fan. No, you don't have to like it.  It is what it is.  I’m a die-hard. I love my Bronx Bombers.  They are in a world of their own.  Whether you follow baseball or not you know who Derek Jeter and A-Rod are. New York is the world's big stage and the Yankees are always benefiting from that.  So, yeah, the Yanks are most liked here and abroad. Outside of the great State of Massachusetts, that is.

6. Red Sox fans are the most spread out.

There’s no truer fact in the world. The Sox Nation is very real, ladies and gents.  They are everywhere!  As a Yankee fan, they have haunted me at every turn.  My own brother is a proud member and still chants "Kevin Brown" when I see him…and he lives in Philadelphia now! I have lived and worked in LA for the past 12 years and every time I find a quiet place to sit down and watch my bombers (and that ain't easy in Los Angeles), a Sox fan will be there to sing me the Sox Nation anthem. You've heard it - it starts with the word Yankees…

I used to hang out in a place called Rick's in Venice, California to catch my Yankee games and can't remember ever not hearing, "Jon Lestah is common' for you boys, kid.  The Sox will take the division by five games or more, dodo."  Boston may be a small town, but the Nation is everywhere.

What do you guys think about the Facebook study? Let us know what surprised you and be sure to follow the MLB Fan Cave on Facebook. Hopefully, by this time next year, Facebook will be compiling similar data on the types of fans who like MLB Fan Cave.

To keep up with us on Facebook, make sure to like the MLB Fan Cave page here: http://www.facebook.com/MLBFanCave