Twitter is a great place to share information, break news and make jokes.
That much is known.
What’s also known, however, is the propensity of people to get carried away on the social media site and start talking trash—something the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox did after a hard-fought game at Fenway Park on Monday night.
The Rays beat the Sox 2-1 thanks in part to an admitted blown call by umpire Jerry Meals. The Red Sox appeared to score the tying run in the bottom of the eighth when Daniel Nava slid ahead of Jose Molina's tag on a sacrifice fly, but Meals erroneously called him out. After the game, Meals said he made the wrong call.
With the controversial win, the Rays took a less-than-commanding half-game lead in the AL East standings. The only course of action for the Rays, of course, was to take those bragging rights and use them to taunt their opponents over the Internet.
The exchange between the two franchises was spotted by Pete Blackburn of Next Impulse Sports. Like all Internet feuds, many important issues were discussed, and everyone walked away a better person.
Watch out, Boston. The Rays are in charge now, and they want their standings changed.
In truth, however, the Rays’ tweet wasn’t even a charley horse to Boston’s pride—more like a tweak of the nose. The response it received from the Red Sox's own official team account, however, was a zero-tolerance exercise in scorched-earth tactics.
Don't worry @raysbaseball we look forward to seeing you in Tampa in September for our home games at the Trop.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) July 30, 2013
The Red Sox eschewed any cute games or playful banter and went straight for the Rays' floating rib, alleging the Tampa franchise’s smaller fanbase doesn’t even outnumber Red Sox fans at the Rays' own home games at Tropicana Field.
A response like this would typically mean war—Internet war. No further shots were taken between the two Twitter handles Monday night, however, and the beef appears to have slid to the back burner.
Should you see any further fighting between the Twitter gladiators, let us know. Also, make sure to clear the hallway—you don't want to have your lunch money taken by one of these big-swinging, social media bad boys.
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