Players and fans get heated over ‘Face of MLB’ contest
A simple Major League Baseball Twitter contest has turned into quite the kerfuffle over the past 24 hours.
First, some backstory.
For some reason, the league is trying to determine the "Face of MLB." In essence, this is just a game to see who can get more retweets on Twitter. Nothing more, nothing less.
Even players agree.
MLB needs to start working now on something better than the 'face of MLB' for next year.
— Brett Anderson (@BAnderson_30) February 27, 2014
However, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista took this contest VERY seriously and went after it HARD.
He started following every person on Twitter basically and then sent out eight billion tweets (that’s an estimation) begging people to vote for him.
Bautista then found himself in the semi-finals against A’s infielder, Eric Sogard, a career .241 hitter with six home runs to his name.
The A’s – not Sogard – decided to match Bautista’s Twitter energy and went on their own campaign to highlight Sogard’s nerdy stature.
Here’s where things got good.
Players on the A’s started calling out Bautista for his aggressive Tweeting style.
— Derek Norris (@d_no36) February 27, 2014
Other A’s players mocked Bautista’s pandering.
— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) February 27, 2014
Fellow players asked him to stop the incessant tweets.
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) February 26, 2014
And Bautista kept digging himself deeper with completely ridiculous tweets like this.
— Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) February 27, 2014
You’re humbled to follow people? What? Huh? Seriously?
In the end though, nerd power prevailed and Sogard advanced to the "Face of MLB" finals against Mets third baseman David Wright.
This did not sit well, however, with some fans who actually think this whole contest is a very important, legitimate thing.
I hate to be that guy, but David Wright is going to win this easily and I'm not complaining. Eric Sogard is as relevant as jean shorts.
— Michael Siconolfi (@Mike_Sico) February 27, 2014
— Matthew DeRobertis (@Matt_DeRobertis) February 27, 2014
In all seriousness Eric sogard can't represent the mlb. David wright is the perfect fit
— Alex mengani (@wright30510) February 27, 2014
I have an awful feeling David wright is going to lose to eric sogard tomorrow… The fact that he's even here is an absolute disgrace
— Connor Mirabella (@TheBigConn) February 26, 2014
— Javale Purdy (@absull) February 27, 2014
If Eric sogard wins face of MLB, you guys @mlb should be ashamed how can he be the face when probably 70% of common fans don't know him.
— Anthony (@theASWAGG) February 27, 2014
— Showtime (@Rolix3001) February 27, 2014
However, some people saw the bright side to Sogard triumphing.
Eric Sogard winning the #FaceofMLB would really put the cap on Bud Selig's Era of Unintended Consequences. He gets my vote.
— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) February 27, 2014
So sick of the Face of MLB thing, but the ridiculousness of Eric Sogard winning could almost redeem the whole thing
— Emma Span (@emmaspan) February 27, 2014