Trade rumors Twitter out of control

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Today we have a great example of the perils of a swirling rumor mill as we count down to Friday’s trade deadline.

A report on Tuesday from a reliable source, WEEI in Boston, reported on its Twitter account that the Red Sox had acquired Indians ace Cliff Lee. The only problem? It was a fake Twitter account, and the report was a hoax.

The story was spread before Rob Bradford, the WEEI reporter who supposedly broke the story, wrote on his actual Twitter account that “I have not reported anything. Somebody is hacking into my account.”

It turned out that it wasn’t that his account was hacked, but that someone created a realistic counterfeit page complete with WEEI logos and everything.

There are a lot of good sources of information out there, with one of the fastest and best being Rotoworld. We do our best to be both quick and accurate here, and both myself and Aaron dabble in the now-is-too-late world of Twitter.

But today’s incident is a reminder to us all to slow down just a bit.

Phillies fan injured after being shot by the Phillie Phanatic’s hot dog cannon

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In between one inning during every home game at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillie Phanatic will drive around the edge of the playing field shooting hot dogs into the stands from a pneumatic gun — a hot dog cannon, if you will — mounted on an ATV. Until Monday night, a fan had never been injured during this event.

Sarah Bloomquist of 6 ABC reports that, unfortunately, a Phillies fan was injured on Monday night when the Phillies opened a three-game home series with the Cardinals. Kathy McVay of Plymouth Meeting, PA was hit in the face. McVay said, “I have a small hematoma in my eye. And mostly, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. It’s going to go down the side of my face.” She also suffered cuts and bruises and had to be taken to the hospital to be tested for a concussion.

McVay doesn’t plan to take legal action against the Phillies and seems to be taking the injury with a good sense of humor. She said, “It gives people a good laugh, and if that makes somebody chuckle, then that’s fine.” McVay also advised fellow fans, “Just to be aware, because you never know. I understand a baseball, but not a hot dog.”

The Phillies reached out to apologize to McVay on Tuesday and offered her tickets to another game once she heals, assuming she would like to return to Citizens Bank Park.

One wonders if Monday’s incident might motivate the Phillies to do away with the hot dog cannon stunt. There’s really nothing gained by doing it, and there are plenty of other ways for the Phanatic to have fun with the fans around the ballpark.