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It has been a busy week in sports on and off the field. The goings on drew many reactions from folks in the twittersphere, so let us sample some of the opinions in our latest edition of Twitter Storm.
New York Mets pitcher, Matt Harvey made like Paul Harvey Tuesday afternoon when he “met” with his teammates and the media to give them the, rest of the story, about why he failed to show up for work last Saturday. As you can imagine, when the Dark Knight is not present to save the day, or in this case appear at Citi Field to watch his compatriots play a baseball game, it elicits reactions. Here are two I thought hit the nail on the head because they came from individuals who once stood in his stirrups – Paul Lo Duca and Bob Ojeda.
17 years I played I showed up at park EVERY DAY including the day my mother passed. Underlying problem here but a text takes 2 seconds. #lgm
— Paul Lo Duca (@paulloduca16) May 7, 2017
Very disappointing the relationship between the Mets and Matt Harvey has become so toxic.
— Bob Ojeda (@BobOjeda19) May 7, 2017
New York Daily News sports writer, Frank Isola took his turn at-bat on twitter against Harvey too. He, rather humorously I must say, took Matt deep with this dig about the pitcher’s affection for Yankees Captain Derek Jeter, who is having his number retired on Sunday night. Remember, back in 2014, Harvey attended El Capitan’s final home game while at the same time his Mets were playing the second game of a double-header in Washington.
Someone should ask Matt Harvey if he plans to attend Derek Jeter's retired number ceremony.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 9, 2017
By now we all know the Yankees are hot as firecrackers. Their sweep of the world champion Cubs this past weekend in the Windy City was but another example. Sunday night’s 18 inning marathon had a little of everything, from Luis Severino pitching seven brilliant innings (touching 100 MPH numerous times), to Aroldis Chapman finally proving to be fallible. It also had this nugget provided by @JeffPassan. Read it a few times and let it sink in. Tony Gwynn was not human with a bat in his hands.
The Yankees and Cubs have combined for a record 43 strikeouts tonight. Tony Gwynn played 20 seasons. He never struck out more than 40 times.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 8, 2017
This tweet from @SportsCenter caught my eye because the NFL Draft was just held a few weeks ago, and because I cannot get enough of Gronk! All kidding aside, watching what Aaron Judge has been doing this season is beyond impressive. Each time he strides to the plate, television announcers say something like: “Big Aaron digs in”. Well, this tweet illustrates just how big “Big Aaron” actually is.
Just your casual reminder that Aaron Judge is bigger than 1,815 NFL players. pic.twitter.com/Dd3lxpOQEr
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 6, 2017
For our next two tweets, we made a short stops on the personal twitter accounts of the two supposed next great shortstops in New York. The Mets Amed Rosario tweets: “Ready to launch” with a rocket emoji, and he certainly is playing like someone about ready to lift off. Following Tuesday’s 2 for 6 night, Rosario is only hitting .371, with 2 homers and 21 runs batted in. I know the offensive numbers coming out of Las Vegas are notoriously inflated, but did I mention he’s batting .371?
As for Gleyber Torres, the crown jewel of the Yankees loaded farm system, he is just happy to be back on the field. Having recently done a stint on the disabled list with mild rotator cuff tendinitis, he returned to the lineup on April 28. Over the 11 games since coming back, he has multiple hits in 5 of them, and raised his average from .220 to .293. Quite frankly, Torres has been torrid!
Finally, I leave you with a tweet that has nothing to do with any of the teams on either side of the Hudson. It comes from @theScore and it is in response to Golden State Warrior, Draymond Green’s labeling Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk a dirty player. Olynyk and Washington Wizards forward, Kelly Oubre had a donnybrook in game 3 of the Celtics/Wizards series you might remember. My 2 Sense on the matter is this: “Hey Dray, those who live in glass houses should not cast stones. Or better yet, those who live in glass houses shall not kick their opponents in the stones”!
And that does it for another exciting edition of Twitter Storm. I want to acknowledge the many interns/production assistants who scoured the net looking for the material used this time around. See you next week!