Baseball Home Openers: Social Media's Best Shots [PICS]

Sam Laird

1. A head of the game

The New York Mets tweeted this photo of a fan with a Shea Stadium-inspired piece of headwear.

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The social web lit up with photos recently as another summer at the ballpark got underway.

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For fans and players, Opening Day (or night) is always a special occasion -- familiar sights and sounds return, and hope for a successful season springs anew. Friday's game between the Mariners and Athletics in Seattle marked the last of 30 home openers for Major League Baseball teams.

This year, Opening Day festivities were documented on social networks such as Twitter and Instagram perhaps more than ever before. Teams, fans and players all posted shots celebrating the beginning of the 2012 baseball season in a variety of ways.

What were the best shots from Opening Day? Pixable is a New York City startup that sorts the most popular and timely of the millions of photos posted to social networks daily. The company provided Mashable with access to feeds showing which Opening Day baseball photos were gaining the most buzz and best capturing the magic of a new season.

Scroll through the gallery above to see a sampling of this young baseball season's best shots.

Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

This story originally published on Mashable here.