Throughout the Red Sox playoff run, Samantha Palczynski had defended shortstop Stephen Drew to anyone who would listen.
So when Drew made a spectacular leaping grab of a line drive on Monday night, the 26-year-old Sox fan didn’t just nod to herself in satisfaction. “I jumped right onto my phone and onto Twitter,” she said, to take on Drew’s detractors.
Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have created a kind of virtual sports bar — a place to debate, vent and strategize — and bond — as the game unfolds. It creates a sense of connection, of being part of a bigger group, many say, even when they are sitting alone on the couch. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.