#Kershaw Trends After A Historic Perfect Pitch on the Dodgers vs Rockies Game

June 19, 2014
Clayton Kershaw by SD Dirk, on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License??by??SD Dirk?
#Kershaw became a trending hashtag in the US today after Clayton Kershaw, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitched a perfect game all through the six innings against the Colorado Rockies. Kershaw is not a newbie to Major League Baseball and has actually already won a Cy Young Award twice throughout his career. He has, so far, thrown 78 pitches and 56 strikes. The Dodgers are now at the number one spot with an 8-0 record. He began his career in 2008 and was then the youngest player in the league. According to MLB.com's timeline of history, only 23 pitchers have tossed perfect games in the entire series, the latest being Felix Hernandez in 2012 in the Seattle Seahawks vs Tampa Bay Rays. The first ever perfect pitch was by Cy Young in the Boston vs Philadelphia game American League in 1904, hence, the name of the award. Being a historic moment for baseball, Twitter naturally exploded with posts of joy and awe from fans. The comments ranged from celebratory to funny (with a few Rockies fans sourgraping). But, still, the fact cannot be denied that Kershaw's move was downright awesome. Here are the stats to show how fired up social media had been. Observe how it spiked to 5,800 tweets and around 4.4 million impressions in a matter of one hour. kershaw1   These numbers went even higher on the next hour to as high as 12,400?tweets, eventually peaking at 12:00 am before starting to wane at around 1:00 am. The trend continued for hours, specifically from 10:00 pm?to 1:00 am. The Los Angeles Dodgers had a fitting tweet, quoting Vin Scully, for this sporting phenomenon and the inevitability of its status on social media. dodgers    

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