Mariano Rivera Was Facebook’s MLB All-Star Game MVP, Too

By David Cohen 

New York Yankees Relief Pitcher Mariano Rivera made his final appearance in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Tuesday night, as the surefire Hall of Famer will retire at the end of the season. Rivera walked away with Most Valuable Player honors, both from the game and from Sports on Facebook, as he was the most-mentioned player on the social network between 7 p.m. and midnight ET Tuesday.

The top five most-mentioned players, as reported by Sporting News via Sports on Facebook:

  1. Rivera
  2. New York Mets Starting Pitcher Matt Harvey
  3. Detroit Tigers First Baseman Prince Fielder
  4. Mets Third Baseman David Wright
  5. Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan/Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (tie)

The top five moments in terms of social buzz were:

  1. Rivera entering the game and retiring the side in order in the bottom of the eighth inning.
  2. Neil Diamond singing “Sweet Caroline” during the middle of the eighth inning.
  3. Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver throwing out the first pitch.
  4. Fielder’s triple in the top of the ninth inning.
  5. Rivera being presented with the MVP award following the game.

The top three demographics discussing the All-Star Game:

  1. Men 25 to 34
  2. Men 18 to 24
  3. Women 18 to 24

And the five most active states in terms of Facebook conversation:

  1. New York
  2. California
  3. Texas
  4. Virginia
  5. Florida

Baseball fans: Did you interact on Facebook during Tuesday night’s All-Star Game?

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