We are hurtling toward the trade deadline for Major League Baseball, and everyone is anxious to see what wrong move the Phillies make. In our anxiety, if you happen to be one of the countless souls trapped on Twitter, please be wary of falling prey to a false rumor.
If you see a "legit" sports writer tweet something that sounds so backwards and asinine even Ruben Amaro wouldn't do it, maybe check the account's numbers.
- Do they have, like, 14 followers? ("I must be pretty into underground baseball stories if I'm only one of 20 people following this nationally syndicated ESPN analyst.")
- Have they tweeted mindlessly obscene things at people? ("Boy, Ken Rosenthal sure is aggressively sexual on Twitter.")
- Is their name spelled wrong? ("Huh, I guess he just legally changed his name then started tweeting hot stove rumors.")
- Have they only been on Twitter for 36 hours? ("Could have sworn he's been at CBS for at least 12 years.")
- Is it manually retweeted instead of just being resent from the writer's actual account? ("Well this is basically the equivalent of using third party word-of-mouth as a source but I'm feeling especially trusting today so let's do this.")
If anything that is like this (or is this) happens to be the case, feel free to not click "retweet" or have a reaction, because everyone is going to make fun of you for not going through the very easy process of determining whether a rumor is real or sick and fake.
Because for anyone who believes everything, the Phillies have had a pretty active afternoon (h/t @FanSince09).