Did the Cardinals make Molina and Motte tweet something nice about Tyler Greene?
Tyler Greene’s tenure in St. Louis has been dicey. Since he was drafted by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft, he’s been lauded as player with loads of ability, but criticized for his lack of consistency. His erratic residency reached a critical mass on Wednesday night during a 15-0 Cardinals loss to the San Francisco Giants. Greene, had the following to say when asked about home fans booing him after an error:
“Then don’t come to the game. Just cheer for your team.”
You do NOT tell baseball’s best fans how or why to cheer. Greene was promptly traded to the Houston Astros on Thursday, much to the delight of many fire-breathing St. Louisans. After the game, Yadier Molina and Jason Motte bid their (former) teammate farewell.
Hmm, wait a sec.
Yeah, that looks like the same goddam message, posted at nearly the exact same time.
One of two things happened here:
1.) Motte and Molina were standing next to each other and posted the exact same message, verbatim.
2.) A third-party posted the message to both accounts, thinking no one would notice.
Given the unlikeliness of #1, we’re going with scenario #2, which is far more disappointing. St. Louis doesn’t have many sports personalities that have embraced online personas. Yadier Molina and Jason Motte have been two local stars over the past year that embraced Twitter. Fans haven’t always had the opportunity to interact with their heros; Motte, in particular, uses the platform to frequently take/answer a variety of questions from the public. He’s been a delightful representation of what social media offers because his Twitter persona is an extension of the affable character that many see on television and at the ballpark.
If something is amiss in the two Twitter posts above, it’s extremely discouraging. We’re not naive to the social media strategies imposed by MLB Advanced Media. Furthermore, the Cardinals have always maintained a tight grip on their digital footprint as it pertains to employees and team-moderated social accounts (e.g., their Facebook and Twitter pages). During Spring Training this season, they issued some moderate guidelines for players on Twitter, but they’ve never puppeteered individual players; at least to our knowledge.
We understand the importance of controlling a message, but if fans can’t trust the authenticity of their favorite players on Twitter, it’s a slippery slope and one where the Cardinals should proceed with caution. Not all of their fans are as blind as they’d like to believe.