Happy Days gave us Laverne & Shirley.
Different Strokes gave us The Facts of Life.
Cheers gave us Fraser.
The Daily Show gave us The Colbert Report.
Spin-offs. One great, original idea leads to another great but less-than-original idea.
And so it is with the HangingSliders’ GM for a Day on Twitter series. Okay, there were only two, which hardly makes a series, but they were so good and so funny; a spin-off was inevitable.
You can read the GM for a Day on Twitter series here and here. The posts poked fun at the craziest trade proposals floating in the twitterverse as the non-waiver trade deadline of July 31 drew near. I fully expected a third in the series, focusing on the craziest waiver-wire trade proposals. But as the great Sam Miller tweeted to me yesterday:
Well, that’s mostly true. A few teams have fans who are knowledgeable and crazy, but not enough to fill an entire GM For a Day on Twitter post. But every team has fans who are crazy and who love to share the crazy on Twitter with the beat writers who cover their team.
And therein lies the spin-off: Baseball Fans Say the Craziest Things on Twitter.
I’ve gone too easy on San Francisco Giants fans. No more. During yesterday’s game between the Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates, a fan tweeted the following to Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs), Giants beat writer at the San Jose Mercury News.
I assume Travis Flora was listening to the game, and was neither watching it on TV or at AT&T Park. But still, if you have access to Twitter, then you have access to the internet and MLB.com. So before tweeting this question to Baggarly, why don’t you first look up the player profiles of Andrew McCutchen and Daniel McCutchen. Here’s what you’d find:
I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing these two fellas are not related.
Fans say funny things when they are frustrated. And St. Louis Cardinals fans are frustrated, with the Cards having lost the first 2 games of the 3-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers in the battle for first in the NL Central. But no matter how frustrated you are, you should never, ever send the below tweet to Cards beat writer Derrick Gold, much less to Cards players Daniel Descalso and David Freese:
Asking someone to defend a major league ballplayer’s use of Ke$ha for walk-up music is like asking someone to defend the movie Ishtar. Just don’t do it. And if you must, then don’t do it in a public forum like Twitter.
Some Cardinals fans have more serious concerns than Ke$ha, like how to craft the tweet least likely to be answered by Cardinals beat writer Joe Strauss:
C’mon Daniel. You’re telling Joe that if he answers your question, his answer will be unfair and ridiculous. That’s unfair and ridiculous.
One set of fans not feeling any frustration right now are fans of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are 77-40 with an 8.5 game lead over the Atlanta Braves, who have the second best record in the National League. Phillies fans are feeling good and happy and confident. Joe Kalbach is so confident about the Phillies that he’s taking on Phillies beat writer David Murphy (@highcheese) about . . . well, I’m not sure. But there sure are a lot of hyphens.
[And now comes the true, final tweet--the one that gets the most laughs]
From Cardinals fan Leeanne Rigsby, for whom the frustration just got to be too much, to beat writer Derrick Goold: