A week and a half ago, “Tony X.” was simply a baseball fan, sitting in front of his TV, searching for the St. Louis Cardinals game.
It was a busy time in sports for his city though. It happened to be the night that the St. Louis Blues were taking on the Chicago Blackhawks in a Game 7, winner-take-all matchup -- and while he was trying to watch Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina swing and sprint and throw and catch, his remote control stopped at Fox Sports Midwest airing the Blues-Blackhawks showdown.
Less than a minute later, he was hooked. Less than a day later, he became a viral sensation, as he spent that Game 7 tweeting his many, many questions and entry-level observations about NHL play.
It’s been a whirlwind week for Tony X. ever since he discovered and was dazzled by the strange sport of hockey.
NHL players began to interact with him on social media …
… and his number of Twitter followers climbed higher and higher, from just over 1,000 nine days ago to, on Wednesday morning, over 93,000.
It all came to a head on Tuesday night though, when Tony X. headed to the arena for his first live NHL game, courtesy of Blues great Brett Hull.
And with its newest fan sitting rinkside, St. Louis out-danced the Dallas Stars to the tune of a 6-1 victory and a 2-1 series lead, with Tony X., true to form, tweeting out updates from his seat in the Scottrade Center.
For what it’s worth, Tony X., your Cardinals lost that game last Monday, 12-7.