So last night, I got home from the Mariners 6-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. And as I was working on my power rankings for Sunday, I notice some rumblings on Twitter about a possible trade between the Mariners and New York Mets.
It first started this story from Mets beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Rubin, who is one of the best in the business, reported that two of the Mets' top prospects OF Fernando Martinez and infielder Ruben Tejada were scratched from the lineup before their respective minor league games.
This line ...
Two sources -- one with ties to the organization, one formerly with the organization -- indicated the Seattle Mariners are the team involved in dialogue with the Mets.
Well, it kind of got things buzzing on Twitter.
Now, Rubin is a solid as it gets as a reporter. He's good. So that line is legit.
But here's where it got out of hand thanks to the wonderful world that is Twitter. While there was speculation about possibilities, this tweet below from @incarceratedbob ... sent M's and Mets fan twittering.
**BREAKING NEWS** #mets dealing fmart & castillo to #mariners for Chone Figgins & possible prospect hearing it from good sources
And from there, it started going viral.
As I was trying to do my rankings, my tweetdeck software is going crazy as Mariners fans re-tweeted this rumor, and begin thinking it is true.
Me? Well, I'm looking at the name: "incarceratedbob" and suddenly I'm skeptical. Don't you have to be?
Here's his Twitter bio:
Beating People Up & Picking Winners. Breaking *Sports* news before all top media outlets. 660WFAN NY Boomer&Carton Morning show personality.
I tried to some more research and for a while thought personality may mean a sports talk radio host in New York. I hoped there is some journalistic license there. But then a follower tweeted that he's just a sports talk radio personality that calls in often. At that point, I kind of just shrugged it off as yet another cautionary tale about what you read on Twitter and consideration of the source.
But then again, would you really put it past GM Jack Zduriencik to make such a move. The concept would be moving Figgins and his big salary to the Mets and taking Luis Castillo, who's awful, and Martinez - a top prospect, who has struggled some this year.
But it wasn't even close to what happened. Rubin and others, who do this for a living, reported that Martinez and Tejada were being called up.
And this talk of Figgins? Well let that be a lesson Twitter users.
Look, I've really grown to like Twitter. (Insert shameless self-promotion now) You can follow me at: @TNTMariners It's kind of fun. It's not something I use for reporting news. But throwing out opinions at the game, criticizing Jose Lopez, bantering with fans and other other writers ... and occasionally posting lyrics from old school hip hop songs when M's games get boring.
But be careful of the information you get from there. It can be misleading. And some things need to be taken with a baseball-sized grain of salt. How do I know? Well, here's a few of my recent tweets:
Basically, he could have tagged out the ambling hippotamus, and instead tried to throw out the cheetah.
Can somebody give Alexei Ramirez an extra slice of pizza. Even Kate Moss thinks he's too skinny
Think people, 140 characters can be awfully misleading.