Twitter & MLB’s “Home Run Derby” Interaction: Social Media First

American Major League Baseball fans will know that tonight (Monday) will feature its 82nd All Star “Home Run Derby” game. As well as baseball being one of the most popular sporting pastimes in the States, tonight will bring an additional benefit of fans being able to head on over to Twitter, to get up close to the players.

Popular sites such as Twitter and Facebook are now being used as a way for fans to interact with their favorite sports, take the latter and UFC. Along with using them for sporting purposes, social media as its called is being taken on for different reasons, take an article we posted yesterday about a recent music festival in Ireland “Oxegen” which had been used to find the perpetrators of a knife crime.

It seems that MLB have now taken notice of the importance of social media and its benefits. Back in March we brought you news that the world of baseball was just starting to test the water and in May, a young teenage boy got to meet his favorite Cincinnati Reds player Brandon Phillips through the help of Twitter. After asking the star if he would be kind enough to turn up to a baseball game that the boy was taking part in, low and behold Phillips attended.

What will give tonight’s MLB game that extra edge, is that tweeters will be able to ask questions and get answers back from their favorite batters as well as hearing all the fighting game talk! If you head on over to Mashable, you will be able to see a full listing of the players taking part along with their Twitter account addresses, with advice for tweeters to use the hashtag #HRDerby.

As mlb.mlb.com reported, tonight’s Home Run Derby will kick off at 8 pm ET on ESPN whilst other content can be seen across different social media platforms including MLB.com‘s official page. With thoughts to tonight and its Twitter interaction, player
C. J. Wilson tweeted to his 68,000 followers by saying, “Just got off the phone – apparently I’ll be shooting HD video and sick photos during the Home Run Derby! And tweet live about it.”

Interestingly, for those players who cannot tweet out or post on their Facebook page due to the lack of a handheld gadget, will be able to so with the aid of positioned tablets, laptops and video cameras which will purposely be put out on tables.

Will you be watching tonight’s game and if so from where? Are you lucky enough to have tickets? Will you be taking to Twitter to speak to your favorite player and if so who is it?