In light of the lockout, that letter, and the removal of all player photos from mlb.com, we have compiled our favourite social media offerings.
First up, the Commissioner, Rob Manfred, issued the poorly-conceived letter:
To our Fans: I first want to thank you for your continued support of the great game of baseball. This past season, we were reminded of how the national pastime can bring us together and restore our hope despite the difficult challenges of a global pandemic. As we began to emerge from one of the darkest periods in our history, our ballparks were filled with fans; the games were filled with excitement; and millions of families felt the joy of watching baseball together.
That is why I am so disappointed about the situation in which our game finds itself today. Despite the league’s best efforts to make a deal blah, blah, blah. Therefore, we have been forced to commence a lockout of Major League players, blah, blah, blah.
You can read the full letter here.
Fortunately, MLBPA’s response was more concise and coherent.
The lockout was instant and extensive, with content removed from mlb.com and YouTube, players’ photos were wiped off the website, and articles on current players were deleted.
This is when Twitter works at its best. Maybe you should follow these accounts.
World Series winner, Tyler Matzek changed his profile to read “Former Atlanta Braves #68 Player (for now, thanks Uncle Rob)” before tweeting…
The players responded to their photos getting taken down with some top-drawer trolling by changing their personal profiles.
And then, the profiles got pimped
Even baseball fans got in on the act
Some people – like friend of the podcast Ellen Adair – saw an opening in the market.
However some of the takes were ill-judged or ignorant, but hey, that’s Twitter
And then there was a rare tweet by Tom from the Bat Flips and Nerds account
This was shortly followed by Russell with, well actually I don’t have words
The final word goes to more friends of the podcast, Eireann Dolan and Sean Doolittle, who as the kids say, won Twitter with…
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