Aaron Judge owned the Angels Twitter Account


At the outset, let us dispense with the lazy, disrespectful notion that people who run social media accounts for businesses, sports teams and other institutions, are “kids” or “interns.” I know that’s the stereotype, but it’s woefully out of date and, actually, may never have been true. The social media presence of companies, brands and the like is critically important to 21st century commerce and the people tasked with running these accounts are trained communications, marketing and/or public relations professionals.

Of course, like the rest of us, they mess up sometimes.

The person running the Los Angeles Angels account kinda messed up last night. Thankfully not in the way that causes a huge P.R. crisis and ends with a firing and apology. This one is just kinda embarrassing.

In the top of the third inning of the Yankees-Angels game, the fearsome Aaron Judge came to the plate. At the time Judge was leading the league in home runs with 21 and had just come off of a weekend in which he destroyed the Baltimore Orioles and hit the longest homer in the bigs this year. He’s, without question, the talk of baseball in the season’s first couple of months.

Angels pitcher Alex Meyer, however, was not intimidated. He struck Judge out looking. It was so inspiring that the person running the Angels Twitter account decided to have some fun with it, even going so far as to play off of the judicial “All Rise” thing Yankees fans have been saying in response to Judge’s heroics:

Pretty clever! Except, in this case the Judge gave the closing argument:

That came in the eighth inning and, as we noted in the recaps this morning, broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Yankees the ballgame.

We will use our discretion and will not hold the Angels Twitter person in contempt, but going forward, he or she had best learn to respect the Judge.

Carter Capps to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.

Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.

The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.

Zack Greinke likely to start Wild Card game for Diamondbacks

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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is considering pushing Zack Greinke‘s next start to this weekend in order to line him up to start the National League Wild Card game on normal rest, Nick Piecoro reports. The D-Backs open up their final series of the season, a three-game set, on Friday against the Royals in Kansas City. Greinke is currently on track to start Wednesday against the Giants and the team has an off day on Thursday.

Robbie Ray has been the Diamondbacks’ best pitcher by several measures, including ERA (2.95) and K/9 (12.3), but Greinke has been quite good himself (3.18) and has nine postseason starts under his belt in his career. He’s acclimated to postseason pressure. The D-Backs also signed Greinke to a $206.5 million contract two years ago, which is likely a factor.

The D-Backs are still waiting to find out which opponent will fly to Arizona for the Wild Card game on October 4. Currently, the Rockies hold a two-game lead over the Brewers and lead the Cardinals by 2.5 games.