Snider’s Grand Slam Explodes Twitter, Or Does It?

I think one of the great things about the way we use technology to follow sports is the ability to take a step back and observe the way the masses react to memorable moments. In the case of Travis Snider’s grand slam in the sixth inning of the Pirates’ 5-4 win against the Cubs on Tuesday, my observation is that there was smoke coming off my Twitter feed in the moments following the decisive strike.

First, my humble submission:

  …and James’ bold prediction:


This might be the exact moment Snider’s ball cleared the PNC Park wall.

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I assumed Snider’s shot would have landed him on Twitter’s trending topics for Pittsburgh. That, however, was not the case.

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It is somewhat shocking it did not crack the list, but that’s also my fault for assuming something very broad judging from just my Twitter feed. Pittsburgh seems to be decently connected when it comes to the online audience of its sports fans and media (see: anytime the Penguins do anything) and if you’re like me and keep an eye on Twitter during games to see what other people are saying about what is happening in real time then you probably got to take part in or at least witness that moment when you refreshed your page and suddenly OMG TRAVIS SNIDER IS PRETTY COOL GUYS CANNON BALL COMIN’.

If you’re reading this and you do not follow games on Twitter, even just occasionally, then give it a try sometime. You might enjoy it.


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Tom Bragg

Tom Bragg is a beat writer and analyst for He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (,, Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomBraggSports

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  • David Cicotello

    The Pirates aren’t relevant enough (yet) to “blow up” Twitter with an in-game event…20 years of losing and a disengaged audience (with or without social media) cannot be overcome easily or quickly…I’d be happy to be proven wrong.

    • Tom Bragg

      That’s the conclusion I came to. More weeks like the last one (McCutchen’s walk off, Snider’s slam and a bunch of wins) might work to change that.

    • MikeKearns5


  • kidic56

    For the love of God, can people stop saying ” Grand Salami? ” That’s got to be the stupidest saying. I’m not so sure about ” walk-off home run ” either.

    • Lee Young

      never cared for ‘walk off’ but I have gotten used to it.

      Hadn’t heard ‘Grand Salami’ for some time. It was big back in my ‘day’ (Aug 13, 1973). Surprised it is still being used.


      • kidic56

        I’m old school. Used to listen to Pirate games with my grandfather out in the yard at night. Bob King and Nellie Prince. Used to love hearing Bob saying, ” You can Kiss it Good-Bye!,” ” Bug on a Rug,” “Bloop and a Blast,” and ” Chicken on the Hill with Will!”

        • kidic56

          LOL, meant Bob Prince and Nellie King. Damn dyslexia.

  • Lee Young

    Congrats to James for his prescient twit.


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