Today marks baseball’s official Opening Day, and to celebrate, Facebook used some of its user data to map MLB fandom across the country. Specifically, Facebook went to MLB team pages and mapped the likes on each page county by county.
Unsurprisingly, the Yankees appear — based purely off data — to be not only America’s favorite team, but Louisiana’s favorite team, Virginia’s favorite team, Hawaii’s favorite team, Alaska’s favorite team, and New Mexico’s favorite team. If you’re a Yankees fan, this is probably a point of pride. For everyone else, the wide dispersement of Yankee fandom no doubt looks like the spread of some vile plague, a nasty pinstriped virus moving swiftly across the nation.
A few more interesting results:
- Churches across the US are prepping an underground railroad system for immigrants who fear deportation under Trump.
- Tom Perez has been named chair of the Democratic National Committee. He was Obama's Labor Secretary.
- At a rally in NYC, trans New Yorkers asked for support from the broader LGBT community — something they haven't always gotten.
- Barack Obama took Malia to see a Broadway show and everyone is talking about how refreshed he's looking 😎