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Getting to Know Phillies 1st Round Pick Cornelius Randolph From His Tweet Game

Kyle - June 11, 2015


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He’s barely a high school graduate (and even less of an 18 year old) but Cornelius Randolph, the 10th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, did more than smash baseballs (he hit .526 with 7 home runs in 76 ABs in his senior year). The “best (high school) bat in the country” has a very active Twitter account! In just under 3 years on Twitter, @c_randolph has accumulated over 15,000 tweets (only 1,500 less than the lame official Twitter account of your Philadelphia Phillies). Needless to say, there’s a lot to learn about the Phillies ’18 left fielder (Well, if he signs. And doesn’t turn out to be Anthony Hewitt. Or Larry Greene. Or Zach Collier. And doesn’t actually play his drafted position of short stop. Or third base. Or first base. Or right field.).

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Joel Embiid is Answering Questions on Twitter, Maybe

Jim Adair - March 20, 2015

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Yesterday, Joel Embiid posted on Twitter that he would be answering questions/love/hate/whatever from people as long as they tweeted at him with #TellJoel. In true Embiid troll fashion, he’s still yet to actually respond to anyone, but he did post that he’s kinda disappointed with the weakness of the hate he’s been getting. And he’s right, here are three of the absolute worst things he’s been tweeted:

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Really, those are the best ones. And usually I wouldn’t endorse sending hateful tweets at people for little-to-no reason, but Embiid is literally asking for it. Or, you could go this guy’s route:

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It was worth a shot, guy.

Roy Halladay is Just The Best at Twitter

Jim Adair - January 12, 2015

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I get it. Sometimes you’re so enthralled by looking at a roller coaster, you don’t realize Roy Halladay is right behind you. It happens. But when you’re wearing a Roy Halladay shirsey, and Roy takes notes and snaps a pic with you, and you don’t know it? That’s rough. But I guess you should just be honored to be around Twitter-greatness.

Today in Ridiculous Twitter Photos: Scott Hartnell as Larry Bird and Chooch with a Glove full of Kittens

Jim Adair - October 30, 2014

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Not Rajon Rondo.

Scott Hartnell, who has 10 points in nine games (one goal, nine assists) for his new 4-5 Columbus Blue Jackets, asked people on Twitter to guess his Halloween costume. It was Larry Bird, and even with his getup’s reasonable realism, the shorts still aren’t short enough. The shorts are never short enough.

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Another topic of discussion during the taping of the new Crossing Streams podcast yesterday was how much the Eagles are killing it on social media and how the Phillies could learn a thing or two from them. This picture (posted for National Cat Day), of Carlos Ruiz holding a bunch of incredibly tiny kittens in a glove, is a start. You can never go wrong with Chooch and Pussies.

New Twitter Map Shows Eagles “Fans” Exist All Over the Country, is Just a Map of Twitter Followers

Jim Adair - October 23, 2014

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Even when these things are made using iffy metrics, they’re still cool. Twitter released their version of the ever-popular fan map, featuring a county-by-county breakdown of Twitter followers. Now, there are many flaws in this system. For example, many fans may not have Twitter accounts, many fans with Twitter accounts may not follow the Eagles, and a bunch more may follow multiple teams (I follow the Charlotte Hornets on Instagram for reasons I myself do not understand). But either way, these maps are always useful for a few interesting tidbits.

Jefferson County, Oregon (which is not where the University is) pulls harder than most out-of-area counties for the Birds at just over 11% (it takes at least 3% to register as green on the map). Additionally, a strange dark green spot lands in Martin County, Indiana, where 42.68% of people counted follow the Eagles — way ahead of the next team in line– the Colts, at 8.54%. Then again, with a population of barely 10,000, there’s a lot of room for those numbers to be skewed.

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And of course, it’s always interesting to see where the Eagles/Steelers split happens, and though it seems further east than it should be, many of those border counties are very close. There’s a lot to poke around with on this map, and you can check out the whole thing embedded after the jump.

[h/t ESPN]

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Jim Bowden’s Implosion Has Been the Most Exciting Thing for Phillies Fans Today

Jim Adair - July 31, 2014

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So, if you haven’t been staring at Twitter all day just begging for something to happen, you may not know that ESPN’s Jim Bowden done goofed. Here’s what happened: A false trade was reported by a fake account for another writer, Joel Sherman. A quick glance at the account that tweeted the original trade shows that it’s not real (number of tweets, followers, etc. are dead giveaways). Sure, fans and people who are staring at twitter all day hoping Ruben will do something may be fooled, but an ESPN baseball insider like Jim Bowden knows better. Or not. Jim Bowden didn’t know better. And then he panicked.

The original tweet said that Marlon Byrd has been traded to the Yankees for a player who does not actually exist in their farm system. Bowden saw this, and without crediting or retweeting, took the info (curiously dropped the Yankee prospect’s name), and reported it as fact. Others credited Bowden’s on the report (not naming names, Kyle). Of course, it wasn’t true, or even real. Sherman quickly denied the fake report. As we waited to see if Bowden would delete the tweet (reasonable) or just apologize for being wrong (more reasonable), he changed his avatar to one of those blank eggs. Then he changed his handle from @JimBowdenESPNxm to @JimBowdiv (taking all his followers with him) in a fit of what I can only assume was shaky-hands panic-typing. He still did not delete the tweet. Some enterprising troll then hopped on @JimBowdenESPNxm and, with only two Tweets, has already amassed nearly 500 followers. And now, Bowden has disappeared after briefly changing his name to Ralph:

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He’s successfully done the internet equivalent of slinking from room to room, evading capture. He’s now as incommunicado as Ruben has been all day, so our fun is over again. And I know it’s all online, but I’d really find it hard to believe if you told me Bowden wasn’t hiding under his desk right now. In one hour, he went from active trade deadline reporter to a guy with two non-existent Twitter accounts. That’s impressive.

Matt Barkley Found Some of Donovan McNabb’s Old Shoes and Joel Embiid Knows Someone with Photoshop

Jim Adair - July 23, 2014

Right now in the Twitter accounts of local athletes who aren’t playing:

The prototype cleats above, which are certainly more stylish than any of the other cleats McNabb wore, were found by Matt Barkley while he was hanging around the NovaCare Complex(?). Barkley was presumably looking for some flashy kicks because he wanted to look his best for his catch with Jimmy Kempski.

Donovan, you’re free right? You can swing on by and pick those up anytime.

And Joel Embiid knows someone who is does passable Photoshop work:

Joel Embiid Screws up on Twitter, Gets Mad

Jim Adair - June 26, 2014

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Last night, the potential 76er Joel Embiid tweeted (in a now-deleted tweet) “I’m a laker.” He then tweeted that a friend had taken his phone — former friend we hope — and sent the tweet. The emoji-filled top tweet is in response to tweets such as this one:

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As far as we could tell, that’s as bad as it got. We’re sure there was some worse stuff, but that tweet above isn’t even Crossing Broad Comments Section level. If that what get’s Embiid mad, and he’s drafted by the Sixers, no one can tell him about WIP. No one.