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15 April, 2012

Baseball Home Openers: Social Media’s Best Shots [PICS]

Baseball Home Openers: Social Media’s Best Shots [PICS]
by Sam Laird on Mashable

The New York Mets tweeted this photo of a fan with a Shea Stadium-inspired piece of headwear.

Major League Baseball tweeted this collection of shots celebrating the first day of home openers.

The St. Louis Cardinals shared this early-morning Instagram of their home ballpark, Busch Stadium.

Dallas TV reporter Joe Trahan tweeted this shot of "The Boomstick," a 24-inch hotdog now available at the Texas Rangers' home stadium.

The San Francisco Giants shared this filtered photo of star player Buster Posey, who is returning this season from a major injury.

The Los Angeles Dodgers tweeted this photo of the new "Big Kid Dog," which they say "is topped with gooey Mac and Cheese and covered in Fritos."

The New York Yankees shared this photo of manager Joe Girardi being mobbed in the dugout by reporters before Opening Day.

Twitter user @zoowithroy posted this shot of a really excited Miami Marlins fan.

The Chicago Cubs shared this great shot of iconic Wrigley Field in the pre-dawn hours of Opening Day.

Twitter user @philaphillies was excited to see DJ Jazzy Jeff on hand for Philadelphia's opening day festivities.

Twitter user @rynomite57 shared this appetizing pic of a Phillies-inspired pizza.

Legendary former manager Tommy Lasorda tweeted this memento from his first Opening Day in charge of the Los Angeles Dodgers, way back in 1977.

The Tampa Bay Rays tweeted out a shot of their Opening Day lineup.

Twitter user @j_rossini shared this great shot of PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Star pitcher Justin Verlander posted this photo to Twitter, thanking a military veterans support group for coming out to see his Detroit Tigers.

The social web lit up with photos recently as another summer at the ballpark got underway.

For fans and players, Opening Day (or night) is always a special occasion — familiar sights and sounds return, and hope for a successful season springs anew. Friday’s game between the Mariners and Athletics in Seattle marked the last of 30 home openers for Major League Baseball teams.

This year, Opening Day festivities were documented on social networks such as Twitter and Instagram perhaps more than ever before. Teams, fans and players all posted shots celebrating the beginning of the 2012 baseball season in a variety of ways.

What were the best shots from Opening Day? is a New York City startup that sorts the most popular and timely of the millions of photos posted to social networks daily. The company provided Mashable with access to feeds showing which Opening Day baseball photos were gaining the most buzz and best capturing the magic of a new season.

Scroll through the gallery above to see a sampling of this young baseball season’s best shots.

Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.


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