Since the Cubs are no longer in the postseason (and yes, it still stings every time I write that) I’ve spent a lot of time on Twitter getting to know other fanbases as I follow the games. It’s been fun. It’s sort of like our comments section with less moderation and a lot more trolling. One of the more amusing elements for me has been learning about the teams through their postseason hashtags. So this post is devoted to the best hashtags for the postseason and my highly unscientific reasons for liking them.
Let’s start with the original bracket:
Tied 7 - #EverybodyIn, #PinstripePride, #NeverSettle, #RallyTogether
I’m sorry Cubs, normally I’m all in for you to win all the things, but I just can’t do it here. That isn’t even an updated hashtag. They just took the hashtag from the regular season and kept using it. It’s particularly disappointing for me because I think the Cubs social media game is usually so on point, but being a team without an updated postseason hashtag was sort of a let down. At least the Cubs weren’t alone here.
The Yankees, Astros and Indians also just went with their original 2018 hashtags. Frankly, I’m more than a little disappointed in all of them. While there is something to be said for simplicity, giving your fanbase another rallying cry for October is an awesome opportunity and these teams just didn’t take it. Only one of these teams is left in the postseason. Coincidence? I think not.
6 - #ForEachOther
This seems like it should be a hashtag for a gritty team of veterans who have been struggling to finally bring it all together for one last win. You know, a team like the Indians. A team that is chasing the championship as contracts expire and their window closes.
But no. This is the postseason hashtag for the Atlanta Braves. A team with two players who are younger than Google. This is the team of upstarts who are at least a year early, who shocked a Nationals team that just never got it together and made it to the NLDS. #ForEachOther just doesn’t fit at all, but at least it’s an improvement over their 2018 hashtag, #ChopOn, so there is that.
Tied 4 - #WinForHeroTown, #OurCrewOurOctober
Speaking of things that just don’t fit, I feel like there should be a limit on the number of characters that make up a good hashtag. I don’t know what that limit is but both the Athletics and the Brewers are over it. These are just too long and clunky to be good hashtags. I had to keep looking back and double checking to make sure I was getting the hashtag right. Hashtags aren’t really that effective if they are too long to remember.
This appears to be a systemic problem for both clubs. Their 2018 hashtags are also among the longest in the league (#RootedInOakland and #ThisIsMyCrew). It just feels like both teams need an editor.
3 - #LADetermined
This is an okay hashtag. It is succinct and “Determined” is definitely a word that fits a team that lost in seven games in the World Series last year. It fits nicely on their playoff gear, and it’s definitely an upgrade from their 2018 hashtag of #Dodgers (don’t get me started on just using your team name as your hashtag).
This is third for me mainly because it’s a little boring relative to the top two. I like it, there is really nothing wrong with it, it works...It’s just not all that exciting to me, kind of like the actual Dodgers, to be honest.
2 - #DoDamage
The best part of the Red Sox hashtag for the postseason is that it’s trolling the Yankees. The phrase #DoDamage originated in an August series where the Red Sox swept the Yankees after Brian Cashman had made the following statement:
”You wonder what their record would be if they weren’t playing us. Because when we go head to head, we do some damage against them and it doesn’t seem like anybody else is capable.”
That led to the following headline: Sweep of the Yankees shows the Red Sox can do ‘damage,’ too. This is a good hashtag. It’s organic, it’s succinct, it trolls your biggest rival, and that rival happens to be a team you need to beat early in the postseason.
In fact, there is really only one problem with this hashtag, it’s too easily turned on the team. #DoDamage could mean beating up the opposition, but it could also mean messing up your own victory. Suffice to say Red Sox Twitter had a lot of fun turning this phrase during their Game 2 loss in the ALDS.
1 - #Rocktober
Alas, my favorite hashtag of the postseason was only with us for a short time, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate it. #Rocktober is brilliant. It combines the team name with the iconic month of postseason baseball seamlessly. It’s memorable and looks good on a shirt. I mean, I’m not even a Rockies fan and I sort of want a #Rocktober shirt, so the reports that fans went wild for this gear don’t surprise me at all.
After the Cubs loss (yep, still hard to write 900 words later) I was very excited for #Rocktober. It’s really a shame that it ended so soon.
Which hashtags are your favorites of the postseason and who are you cheering for as we prepare for the League Championship Series?
The best 2018 postseason hashtag is...
This poll is closed
#DoDamage (Red Sox)