The Los Angeles Dodgers have been one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball, reaching the post-season for 6 consecutive times and considered by many as one of the favorites to win it all this year.
The last two seasons have included trips to the World Series where the Dodgers have faced a Houston Astros team playing for a city recently demolished by Hurricane Harvey and a Boston Red Sox team playing with the support of the entire ESPN staff.
Add together all the success and the relative hate towards anything LA-LA land related and you have a recipe for a lot of hate, especially when you go to the digital cesspool known as twitter. For those of you who don’t use twitter, you have to have very tough skin to survive. The goal for many is to tear people down until they get off twitter or are affected in real life. Need an example? Try doing a search for Dave Roberts and Andrew Friedman “critics.”
Look, Twitter can be a great place, so don’t get us wrong. We have been doing twittercast play by plays of the games for the last 7 years and have met a great deal of people on twitter who have been class acts with amazing feedback on the games. It’s like a giant sports bar when we all get to hear each other’s emotional roller coaster through out a game.
But it’s still twitter and you’re going to hear the voices of people who know they can hide behind their digital avatars more so than others. According to the LA Times:
“tweets with phrases such “I hate [insert team]” were counted. According to the map, the most hated team, overwhelmingly, was the Yankees, taking 28 out of the 50 states. The Dodgers were the third-most-hated MLB team and took the unwelcome honor in five states in the Southwest, Rocky Mountains and Midwest.”
- Yankees – 28 states
- Cubs – 8 states
- Dodgers – 5 states
- St. Louis Cardinals – 4 states
- New York Mets – 4 states
- Red Sox – 1 state