Sept 2, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; General view of fans in the upper deck of Coors Field during the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 10-8. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Facebook released its map of Major League Baseball “likes” relative to geography today.
Obviously, there are holes in these maps (more on that below) but I could literally zoom in on this thing county by county and look at it all day long. (But, then again, my geography skills are unparalleled.)
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As you might expect, the Rockies claim every single county in Colorado.
They’ve also got two counties in New Mexico, several western counties in South Dakota, four or five western counties in Kansas, a pretty decent chunk of western Nebraska, and all but two or three counties in Wyoming.
We’ve got Wyoming, guys!
Interestingly, there’s absolutely nothing in Utah, which appears to be a… Red Sox and Yankees state?
This shouldn’t really be a surprise, and it’s also not really as cool as I’d like to think, because the areas in question have, like, 89 people in them. Wyoming isn’t exactly known for its population centers, so it’s not like we are competing with New York City for some great trophy on social fandom relevancy.
Also, there are holes in these maps. Utah is a good example.
The counties in Utah all have a plurality of either Yankees or Red Sox fans.
Does that make Utah a Yankees or Red Sox state? Of course not. In fact, I’d bet there are more Rockies fans in Utah than anything, simply because its closest geographical team is in Denver.
But Facebook isn’t looking for actual fandom, they are just looking for who likes what on Facebook, which certainly doesn’t mean jack.
Anyways, here’s a great rundown from Sports Illustrated on Facebook fandom, too. Check it out.
And more coming later today regarding my own personal (and crazy) opinions on how the Rockies could actually develop their fandom in the Rocky Mountain states and become a regional powerhouse like the Atlanta Braves did in the south.