The San Francisco Giants Hall of Fame broadcaster Jon Miller is planning to add hashtags to his radio and television broadcasts.
Miller was being interviewed on KNBR 680 in San Francisco with Tom Tolbert and John Lund and talked about his desire to make some unique changes.
“I’m looking for some hashtag kind of stuff,” Miller said. “I think we can translate hashtags from the Instagram right on the air with it. A guy makes a great play, ‘A diving stab by Crawford, up to his feet, throws him out at first. Oh, man! Brandon Crawford! Hashtag Lit. Buster is hashtag On Fleek.
“I’m still looking for the right phrases. The right hashtags. There’s not many radio guys using the actual phrase ‘hashtag’ with his superlative on a baseball broadcast. I’m thinking that could be my new thing this year. If you’ve got some new ones for me, don’t hold back.”
The Hall of Famer is entering his 21st season in the Giants booth and he continues to try to stay on top of all of the latest trends.
San Francisco Giants fans on Twitter and Instagram have been creating their own hashtags the last several seasons for the players and team.
Some of the most common hashtags:
This hashtag is used frequently for any game between a Northern California team and a Southern California team, but was made popular by the rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.
There are countless examples, so here is a random one of the Giants wanting to #BeatLA on 80's night.
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 26, 2014
The hashtag starting gaining traction in July of 2012 as Buster Posey was having the makings of an MVP season. By September, fans were using it regularly. The Giants official Twitter account was using it as well and trying to get fans to jump on board.
Ever since both came into the league, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford have been linked. They have been teammates together since 2009 in the minor leagues and 2011 in the big leagues. Fans have always linked their first names together, so when the Giants started using the hashtag #TogetherWeAreGiant, it was only natural for fans to make #TogetherWeAreBrandon.
When Hunter Pence heard about it, the hashtag became permanent.
Lol the Brandon movement is incredible! #TogetherWeAreBRANDON
— Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) April 11, 2014
As soon as Joe Panik joined the Giants in 2014, fans were already enjoying the play on words of the popular phrase "Keep Calm and Carry On." So many on social media had adapted the phrase after it became more well known during the London Olympics. By Panik's debut, fans were already using it.
He drew a walk! Gonna be a great big leaguer. Welcome to the show, Joe! #KeepCalmAndPanik
— Cardo (@Riiicardoooo) June 22, 2014
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#MadBum and #PitchersWhoRake
Madison Bumgarner has had the "MadBum" nickname and hashtag for most of his career and it is certainly one of the most commonly used hashtags among Giants fans and the official Giants Twitter account.
The Giants official Twitter account uses it during every Madison Bumgarner start as well as any at bat from Bumgarner.
That is also one of the main reasons for the #PitchersWhoRake hashtag. Any time a Giants pitcher gets a hit, fans and the Giants are sure to include the hashtag in the highlights.
I'll just leave this underrated tweet from Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 1, 2016
The hashtag that exists because of Jon Miller is certainly one he should use during his broadcasts. Last season, Pence hit a grand slam and Miller accidentally said Posey by accident during the call. Miller, who has always done well in the moment, made up for the error immediately.
And in true Hunter Pence fashion, Pence embraced the new nickname.
Then, as a way to show he could embrace the error, he did it again the next time Pence homered.
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