Fan Breaks News of A.J. Pierzynski Signing at HoneyBaked Ham

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski, center, heads to the clubhouse after an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 12-2. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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As informed and quick as national reporters are, some fans are able to randomly break news first—thanks to bizarre luck and a sweet location.

Take the case of veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski's recent signing, for example.

On Wednesday afternoon, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reported that the Atlanta Braves had reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Pierzynski:

Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

The #Braves and A.J. Pierzynski have reached agreement on a 1 yr. deal Deal is pending a physical. Likely won't be official until early Jan.

Nothing weird there.

However, when Bowman gave credit to the person who got the scoop, this story got interesting:

Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

Hat tip on the Pierzynski deal goes to @darrenstains, whose father ran into Fredi Gonzalez at Honeybaked Ham.

Check out how Aaron Lunsford found out about Pierzynski agreeing to a deal with the Braves: 

A-A-ron Lunsford @darrenstains

Source: @braves and AJ pierzynski agree to deal. No details. Check it @Buster_ESPN @Ken_Rosenthal @jcrasnick @jessespector not kidding

A-A-ron Lunsford @darrenstains

@craigcalcaterra braves signed pierzynski today. No joke. Dad just talked to fredi Gonzalez in honey baked ham.

A-A-ron Lunsford @darrenstains

@DOBrienAJC hey Dave, fredi did say directly to my dad - "we signed a Catcher today. Pierzynski. You're the first to know."

A-A-ron Lunsford @darrenstains

@DOBrienAJC dad said - "AJ?" And fredi confirmed.

And the story just gets better:

Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

Adding to the splendor of the Honeybaked Ham/Pierzynski story, @darrenstains informs me today is his dad's birthday.

Lunsford was able to have some fun with the situation after being credited by many reporters:

A-A-ron Lunsford @darrenstains

I just got a scoop on a signing before any national or local writer. But alas I have no credentials in the field of sports writing.

A-A-ron Lunsford @darrenstains

Update: mom is worried dad is going to be in trouble #HamRumors

In a time in which some young people throw out random rumors on social media in an attempt to be the first person to break news, it's nice to see an unknown receive legitimate recognition for his scoop—however and wherever he got it.



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