Hours after the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros on Monday night to advance to the World Series, Adolis García, the Rangers right fielder, posted 29 shushing-face emojis on X, the social platform once known as Twitter.
It was a message to the Astros fans who had booed him during his at-bats. Dozens of Rangers fans immediately chimed in. Sports reporters shared the post, and hundreds of other observations about the Rangers’ victory quickly followed.
Since Elon Musk bought Twitter last year, many users have abandoned the platform, spurred by a number of unpopular changes. Others have pronounced it dead.
But in the same way that many households stuck with cable for game broadcasts, sports fans and sports reporters still find X indispensable because, they say, it remains the go-to place for live updates and hot takes about coaching decisions and umpire calls.
For some journalists, abandoning thousands of followers and starting somewhere else from zero was a nonstarter. Many fans didn’t want to give up on communities where real friendships were forged among people who first interacted as strangers. And while some functions on the platform have changed, X essentially works as it always has when it comes to catching up on scores and watching highlights.
Lisa Delpy Neirotti, an associate professor of sports management at George Washington University, said sports fans had several sources for in-depth coverage, but the real-time nature of X made it an ideal place to consume game updates and breaking sports news.