Blue Jays-Marlins Trade as Told by Twitter

Matthew Appleby@@applebyincContributor IINovember 14, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Jose Reyes #7 of the Miami Marlins makes a play on a ground ball hit by Jose Constanza #13 of the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Turner Field on September 27, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Every now and then, we as Twitter-ers are graced with a moment that makes Twitter explode with activity. I’m talking big time situations, where it does not matter who you follow, some sort of news will creep into your timeline about it.

If you’re on Twitter, you know exactly what I’m talking about. These are the type of things that keep people checking Twitter to get the most up to date news and reaction to ongoing current events.

I’m not saying the Miami Marlins-Toronto Blue Jays trade was a world stopping, where-were-you-when type of moment, but it did cause writers, bloggers, reporters, analysts, and casual fans from every sport to give their two cents.

People whose normal tweets centre on the NFL, CFL, NCAA, MLB, NHL or NBA were all consumed by the blockbuster trade and took to Twitter to tell everyone. Athletes from all over the world got in on the action. It got to the point where “AL East” and “Jose Reyes” were trending worldwide. That’s big.

And this was all before the trade was confirmed by the MLB. Right, Casey Janssen?


Can't wait to hear the magic words....ITS OFFICIAL!!! #letsgo #fightinjays

— Casey Janssen (@CaseyJanssen) November 14, 2012


The firestorm started with Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, both of FOX sports:


Source: #BlueJays on verge of acquiring Josh Johnson from #Marlins. Deal could be even larger than that.

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 13, 2012



Buerhle headed to #BlueJays along with Josh Johnson, sources tell me and @jonmorosi.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 13, 2012


The onslaught of tweets continued from there. Here are some current player reactions:


Its a good day to be a bluejay!

— Jose Bautista(@JoeyBats19) November 13, 2012



I'm not gonna do whatever body thinks I'm gonna do and freak out! Ugh, I need a bath.

— Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) November 14, 2012



Wow! The bluejays just got a little bit better

— Denard Span (@thisisdspan) November 14, 2012



Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple

— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) November 13, 2012



@giancarlo818 you can always come play for the Nats! We will take you anytime! Get some red, white, and blue in your life!

— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) November 14, 2012


And then there were those whose job it is to report and react to things like this:


This one feels like the Carter and Alomar deal so many years ago. Let's hope it has a similar impact.

— Jamie Campbell (@SportsnetJamie) November 14, 2012



TOR GM Alex Anthopoulos told a friend last week that he was working on a pie-in-the-sky trade that he didn't think would happen. But it did.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 14, 2012



Yesterday, the Blue Jays were 100-1 to win the World Series on Today, 15-1. What a difference a blockbuster makes.

— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) November 14, 2012



Days like today make me really happy I don't cover baseball anymore. What a joke.

— Christopher Harris (@CHarrisESPN) November 14, 2012


And as is usually the case, Logan Morrison caps it all off with this gem:


I bet Canadians are feeling a little better about NAFTA tonight...

— Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) November 14, 2012


Since you read this, I’d say there’s a good chance you’re on Twitter, so give me a follow:


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