The MLB Network has baseball fans in a tweeting tizzy as they do their part to ensure their favorite major league baseball player is chosen the “Face of MLB.” Yesterday fans of the Cincinnati Reds hoisted first baseman Joey Votto up to beat out big city boy Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees.
So how does this work, you ask? Basically each MLB team has a representative in the brackets which will eventually determine the MLB Network “Face of MLB.” Each day, two players go head to head and fans vote by tweeting the player’s hashtag, for example: #joeyvotto. Whichever players has his hashtag appear in the most tweets that day moves on to the next round.
With fans getting excited about the upcoming baseball season, it has become a fun way to join in with others in your community and support your favorite player. You can tweet/vote as many times as you want, and it is entertaining to see the comical ways in which a player’s hashtag is repeatedly included in tweets throughout the day. From Cincinnati weatherman Tim Hedrick suggesting that #joeyvotto might know about an upcoming ice storm since he’s Canadian, to people finishing every tweet with, “oh yeah . . . #joeyvotto,” it’s good clean fun.
Today’s battle has Atlanta Braves Jason Heyward currently leading Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp, but it is early yet and perhaps the west coast fans just need a little time to wake up. Joey Votto and Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen will face off to take on the winner of Heyward versus Kemp in the final round.
What does it mean to be the MLB Network “Face of the MLB”? That remains to be seen. Certainly winning actual games is the priority when it comes to baseball, yet every sports fan loves a little good natured competitive match-up, and it’s always more exciting to win that it is to lose.