Jose Bautista, seen here looking extra-sharp in his Twitter background picture, apparently enjoys his social media enough to keep a personal top ten list of the dumbest tweets of all time– and this morning the Fan 590, who you’re probably aware reside somewhere under that same disgustingly massive oligarchical Rogers corporate umbrella as the Jays, made it to the list.
But a funny thing happened on the way to my retweeting the relatively innocuous exchange. The Fan deleted their end of it, after Bautista made his displeasure public.
Fortunately, because it’s the internet, there’s no such thing as deleting, and we can see via retweets, like this one, what they actually said:
— J.Sandhu (@CrownRoyal22) August 23, 2012
And Bautista’s tweet no longer shows up in his timeline either, but it’s still viewable, as composed from his account:
— Jose Bautista(@JoeyBats19) August 23, 2012
Now, there’s nothing outlandish about an athlete bristling at the suggestion his team should intentionally lose, and it’s a little bit hopelessly naive to think that media operations don’t tread cautiously when it comes to staying on the good side anyone who they want to preserve access to, but it kind of adds a whole other dimension to the what objectivity is this? equation when a parent company is shared by the bristling athlete and the quick-to-delete media entity, doesn’t it?
Then again, from the nonsense Gregg Zaun spouts, to the nonsense Greg Brady spouts, to the nonsense Bob McCown spouts, to the rational, informed criticism of Alan Ashby and many others, it’s really rather impossible to suggest with a straight face that there’s some kind of corporate covenant forbidding Sportsnet and Fan personalities from crossing the Jays, but… still, maybe not a precedent I’d have bothered setting.
Gahhh, I don’t know…
Image via Twitter.