DadPad: Baseball, Board Games and Facebook


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Ahhh, it’s baseball season.  I love baseball.  I don’t follow it nearly as much as I used to.  When I was a kid, I used to play a game called Sports Illustrated baseball.  A friend of mine from down the block would come over and we would play all weekend during many weekends of the summer.  We would each play a certain number of teams and play a schedule just like the major leagues with playoffs and a world series.  It was a blast!  There were/are a number of other board games for baseball.   Games like “Pursue the Pennant“, “Strat-o-matic“, “Sports Illustrated baseball” and other tabletop games bring back great memories for me.  I just wish I had introduced my son to them.  If you’re interested, I found a website called Tabletop Board Games which listed a number of the old throwback baseball games.  Maybe you and your son or daughter can sit down and roll the dice for a home run together :).

Nowadays, most of the games we play are of the electronic kind.  They’re fun as well.  But, for me, I’ll take rolling the dice, erasing the statistics on a piece of paper to update a players last at-bat and the joy of being with a friend sitting around a table.

Just for fun, as I was looking at my favorite teams’ Facebook Fan Page (The Minnesota Twins) I decided to do something a little goofy.  I wanted to compare the number of Fans the official MN Twins had racked up on Facebook to the rest of the MLB teams.  Not surprisingly, the top two teams are the NY Yankees and the Boston Red Sox (my Twins are surprisingly #7).  But, which is the  favorite (at least Facebook fan favorite)  Los Angeles team?  How about the bay area winner?  You’ll be surprised (at least I was) at some of the teams and how little or many fans they have in comparison to the rest of the MLB Facebook teams.  Since it’s baseball season and since baseball is such a “dad-sport”, I thought I would include a little fun list on today’s DadPad post.  Here’s the list I compiled unofficially–where does your favorite team rank?:

* from Facebook-this is the fan page with the largest number of fans for a search on that team name (most if not all of the time it was the official page of the MLB team) as of 4/19/2010 8:30pm

#Fans Rank Team # of FB Fans *
1 New York Yankees 1,288,526
2 Boston Red Sox 1,073,166
3 Chicago Cubs 552,690
4 Philadelphia Phillies 343,068
5 San Francisco Giants 330,981
6 St. Louis Cardinals 316,059
7 Minnesota Twins 281,286
8 Detroit Tigers 262,325
9 Atlanta Braves 258,816
10 Chicago White Sox 232,187
11 New York Mets 196,441
12 Oakland A’s 191,317
13 Los Angeles Dodgers 184,416
14 Milwaukee Brewers 179,066
15 Cleveland Indians 151,289
16 Seattle Mariners 141,005
17 Houston Astros 129,230
18 Texas Rangers 125,344
19 Kansas City Royals 115,056
20 Colorado Rockies 115,054
21 Tampa Bay Rays 112,822
22 Cincinnati Reds 105,631
23 Los Angeles Angels 104,401
24 Toronto Blue Jays 101,602
25 Baltimore Orioles 97,168
26 Florida Marlins 83,309
27 San Diego Padres 80,701
28 Pittsburgh Pirates 71,612
29 Arizona Diamondbacks 65,248
30 Washington Nationals 43,634

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