Which Boston team was the most popular pro sports franchise on Google in 2021? – 98.5 The Sports Hub

Boston sports fans are used to their teams dominating on the field/court/rink. In 2021 though, one local team dominated the internet.
According to Mark J. Burns of Sports Business Journal, the Boston Red Sox are at the top of the list of the “most popular trending searches of pro sports teams on Google in the U.S. in 2021.” They are the only Boston team to make the list, and one of four MLB teams along with the World Series champion Braves (5th), defending champion Dodgers (7th), and AL champion Astros (8th).
The Red Sox were one of the most fascinating teams in sports in 2021. After a dismal 2020 season, they rebounded to win 92 games despite minimal offseason additions. Sparked by the return of manager Alex Cora, they went through the first half of the season at a historic pace, and despite cooling off a bit in August and September, they ended up with a spot in the AL Wild Card Game.
After beating the Yankees at Fenway in the first win-or-go-home game between the two teams since the 2004 ALCS, the Red Sox beat the AL East-winning Tampa Bay Rays in four games in the ALDS. They’d go on to lose the ALCS to the Astros in six games.
This is the second year in a row a Boston team has topped the annual list. The Celtics were the most-Googled team in 2020, with the Bruins also appearing on the list in 9th. The Bruins also came in 2nd in 2019. The Patriots last appeared in 2017, coming in 7th. With the list coming out in the middle of the NFL season, it skews slightly away from NFL teams.
No local players were in the top 10 most Googled athletes this year. The last time Boston was represented on that list was 2019, when Antonio Brown was the most searched pro athlete and person in the country. David Ortiz was the third-most searched athlete that year.
Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) reacts after hitting a two run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 18: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox follows through with his swing on a double against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Fenway Park on September 18, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
Sep 14, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (17) pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Abbie Parr-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Hunter Renfroe (10) reacts after hitting a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Enrique Hernandez (5) hits a double against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in game one of the 2021 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 10: Christian Vazquez #7 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates his game winning two-run homerun in the 13th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Jul 5, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (13) following a pitching change against the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at abarth@985TheSportsHub.com.
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