2018 ALCS

McAdam: Like it or not, social media trolling by players keep baseball front and center

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HOUSTON -- This being 2018 and all, social media has quite naturally played a role in MLB's postseason.

And why not? If it can influence elections, why wouldn't it also infiltrate baseball?

Earlier this month, a video of New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge carrying a boombox and blasting out "New York, New York'' as he walked past the home clubhouse at Fenway following the Yankees' Game 2 win over the Red Sox went viral and became the backdrop to the rest of the American League Division Series.

Initially, the Red Sox dismissed the display by Judge as little more than harmless fun. But when the Sox clinched a series win in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium, they made sure to have the song part of their clubhouse celebration playlist, giving credence to the fact that the Sox successfully used it as a motivational tool when they won two straight in the Bronx.

Now, with a pause in the action between Games 2 and 3 of the American League Championship Series, social media hijinks are front-and-center again.