An Idol is a fan's favorite Blaseball player, whom they support and cheer for every game. All fans are incredibly loyal to their Idol, and thus may only have one at a time. Idols need not even be on a fan's favorite team.
Fans may choose to idolize a player on that player's page. It will cost a fan 200 coins to betray their idol and choose another.
The Idols Leaderboard stands as a monument to the 20 most idolized players, displaying their popularity for all to see. The most popular players are given the extra honor of being lofted above The Red Line, an imposing, red, dotted figure cleaving the board. Any players above the dotted red line are Shelled at the end of the regular season, encasing those players in gigantic peanut shells, preventing them from actively playing.
Pendants are adornments purchasable in the Shop. They are the conduit through which fans are rewarded for their undying loyalty in their Idol. When an Idolized player performs well, fans receive Coins in return.
Pendants exist in 4 different forms, each reacting to different accomplishments a player may make during a game. For lineup players, pendants may track hits or home runs. For pitching players, they can track strikeouts and shutouts.
Pendants may also be upgraded in the Shop. Each upgrade will cost more, but will provide a fan a bigger payout for each of their Idol's actions.
These upgrades are detailed below. (Prices shown in coins. Upgrade 0 is the initial Shop purchase.)
Fans first became aware of their penchant for Idolatry at the beginning of Season 6. The fad quickly spread, and fan favorite Players such as Jessica Telephone, Nagomi Mcdaniel, Axel Trololol, PolkaDot Patterson, York Silk, and Randy Weed shot to the top of the Leaderboard; both for their popularity and for their reliable success in games.
In Season 6, the dotted red line split the top three players in the leaderboard from the rest of the top idols. The purpose of this wasn't revealed until The Third Strike, when The Shelled One encased the non-peanut named players above the line in gigantic peanut shells. After this, fans pushed the three Peanuts above the line, and the line disappeared shortly after.
The dotted red line reappeared on the leaderboard again in Season 7, this time splitting the top 10 idols from the following 10 idols. After the conclusion of the regular season, the players above the dotted red line were once again Shelled, which included the entire Unlimited Tacos pitching rotation, PolkaDot Patterson, and Axel Trololol. All of the three Peanuts were also above the dotted line, receiving the Honey Roasted modification and pleasing The Shelled One.
At the end of the regular season, the dotted red line vibrated once more. The top five idolized players were Pitching Machine, York Silk, Jessica Telephone, Peanutiel Duffy, and Axel Trololol. Duffy is immune to being Shelled by being one of the three peanuts, while Trololol was previously Shelled. Machine, Silk, and Telephone are now Shelled.
In the 6th, 11th, and 18th positions were Jaylen Hotdogfingers, NaN, and Sixpack Dogwalker. Following the conclusion of the season, Hotdogfingers received the permanent modification Flickering. NaN and Dogwalker also received Flickering, as well as receiving the new modification Receiver, which appears to be a method through which The Microphone can speak. NaN's and Dogwalker's pre-game rituals then changed three times in rapid succession:
it is Wyatt
I have a plan
It is presumed that "Wyatt" is NaN, who is Wyatt Mason Prime, who lost their name during the The Unmasoning.
Season 9 marked the first season since the Idol board was introduced that there was no dotted red line splitting any members of the leaderboard apart. Instead, there was a small icon on the left hand side of the board of The Monitor, who was placed right next to the top-most idolized player that had the modification Shelled. At the end of the regular season, in a traditional post-season transmission, The Monitor attempted to eat PolkaDot Patterson, the top-most idolized Shelled player. Finding the taste unpleasant, the Monitor claimed "that egg [was] spoiled" and left Patterson with the modification Squiddish.
The leaderboard in Season 10 shared some similarities with the board in Season 8, with several weather icons populating positions along the entire board, relating to the Forecast decrees voted on in . In positions 3 and 12 are Lots of Birds icons; positions 6 and 15 are Eclipse icons; positions 9 and 18 are Blooddrain icons; and position 14 is a Feedback icon.
On the evening of Thursday, October 15th, 2020, Baltimore Crabs began idolizing Tillman Henderson, who was recently incinerated, as a joke. However, upon reaching Slot 18, which was marked with a Blooddrain icon, both the icon and the numerical marker lit up in a deep blue, much like the appearance of the Hall of Flame and speeches from The Monitor. Fans quickly mobilized to idolize more incinerated players, and by Day 97, six players had occupied all six weather icons, in order: Caligula Lotus, Landry Violence, Workman Gloom, Sebastian Telephone, Tillman Henderson, and Randall Marijuana. Additionally, fans placed Jaylen Hotdogfingers in slot 14, based on tweets from The Microphone repeatedly calling out to Jaylen. As usual, fans expected an event to be triggered at the end of Day 99.
However, as Day 99 came to an end, a late minute shift in the idol board led to unpredictable results. In a twist, Tillman Henderson came back to life to join the Charleston Shoe Thieves, while Jaylen Hotdogfingers's Returned modification forced them back into the Void, taking Henderson's position on the board in the Hall of Flame. Henderson gained the modification Returned, and is now the second player to have returned to active play from incineration. Hotdogfingers gained the new modification Fliickerrriiing, but cannot make use of it without being in active play.
Lotus, Violence, and Gloom received the new season-based modifications, Friend of Crows, Fire Eater, and Siphon, respectively. Meanwhile, last minute shifts caused Thomas Dracaena to gain Siphon, and Hahn Fox to gain Friend of Crows.