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Twitter Buzz Causes Bizarre Drama During Baseball Game

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The relationship between social media and news is an advantageous, but sometimes abusive one. Whilst it allows news to reach people in a raw, unfettered way in many cases, sometimes the news breaks before the story is actually resolved and that can lead to all kinds of problems. The most recent example of this came last Wednesday when a particularly pertinent breaking story reduced a baseball game to a weird, unsettling melodrama.

During a fairly pivotal game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres, news emerged that long-time Mets short-stop Wilmer Flores was set to be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in a potentially massive deal. As is the way with these things, it absolutely exploded on Twitter and as more and more sports journalists opened up discussion about it, it spread amongst the fans and eventually the news found its way down to Flores himself.

For the rest of the game, the field was draped in a heavy, cloying angst as fans furrowed their brows about what this could mean for their team. Eventually a clearly emotional Flores got up to bat, prompting a rousing applause from the crowd. Regardless of what kind of bearing Flores's emotional state had on his performance, the reaction had been completely premature; the trade wasn't going to happen. It had certainly been on track to happen, but was waylaid at the last minute due to health concerns.

The commentators registered confusion as to why Flores was even kept on the pitch considering how much the news was clearly bothering him. He joined the Mets organisation at 16 and he's been with them ever since, had the trade been locked in, it wouldn't have been a pleasant way to find out. The fact that it was an unsubstantiated rumour makes it even worse.

This probably won't be the last time this happens, either, people should really approach this kind of flimsy hearsay responsibly on social media but you just can't police that sort of thing, the journalists should have known better than to start firing that kind of news out during a game but for everyone else there's no way of screening for what's substantiated and what isn't. It's a harsh reminder of the drawbacks of our story-a-second modern news media.


Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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Twitter Buzz Causes Bizarre Drama During Baseball Game Reviewed by Callum Davies on Wednesday, August 05, 2015 Rating: 5

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