Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 5/21/13
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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: Salami in the Lunchbox. #Pirates #Cubs — Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) May 22, 2013   …and James’ bold prediction: Regardless of the result, I love this move to pinch-hit Snider for Barmes. #Pirates — James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) May 22, 2013   #PIRATES 5, CUBS 3 – 6th – What did I say? #LunchboxBomb — James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) May 22, 2013 This might be the exact moment Snider’s ball cleared the PNC Park wall.   I assumed Snider’s shot would have landed him on Twitter’s trending topics for Pittsburgh. That, however, was not the case. 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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