Back when Twitter soared in popularity in the spring and summer of 2009, sports teams all around North America felt increased pressure to join the platform. The only problem: absolutely nobody knew how to use Twitter the way we do in 2018. Most of the tweets posted were links to news websites or Facebook posts.
Twitter is an integral resource for the 30 clubs around Major League Baseball now, but when they were just getting started on that hellscape of a website, it was nothing like the Twitter community MLB teams and fans have now. MLB clubs did exactly what everyone else did, in tweeting links to their website and also providing mundane live commentary on games.
Case in point: there are some awful tweets out there, accredited to and sent by the authentic, verified MLB team accounts. Back before teams would employ social media experts to run their feeds, it was mostly front office personnel or members of a team’s promotion staff running the accounts, and as you might expect, it was horrible.
But looking back almost ten years into the past, we can now treat ourselves to some bangers from the early days of MLB team Twitter accounts. Here are the worst tweets from all 30 MLB teams, from an era full of horrendous posts.
This was the Astros’ first tweet ever, and I really hope Roy Oswalt — one of my favorite pitchers when I was a kid — fared well in his start.
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Los Angeles Angels
There is so much hope and happiness in this tweet, the first ever from the official Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim) account. “Defending AL West champion” sounds nothing like a team that will eventually ruin the early portion of Mike Trout‘s career and just genuinely suck for the next 10 years.
Jason Bay? Josh Hamilton? Ichiro Suzuki? KEN GRIFFEY JR.? The 2009 American League All-Star team had quite the outfield of players who are now retired — with one straight up already in the Hall of Fame now.
New York Yankees
There’s nothing particularly funny about this, but this was the first tweet for the Yankees in a year at the end of which they won their 27th World Series title. Walk-off Week Welcome to the Official Twitter of the Evil Empire.
Boston Red Sox
I suppose they did gradually ramp this up.
Congratulations to David Hernandez, whose win in his MLB debut was the subject of the Orioles’ first tweet. He sure has a long and successful career ahead of him.
Except, Hernandez went 12-18 with an ERA around five as an Oriole, and they traded him after the 2010 season. He has not started a game at the major-league level since.
Tampa Bay Rays
Much like the Angels’ first post, this one from the Rays seems so hopeful and confident, as though Tampa does not host a team that shows no reluctance to completely gut its roster to save a couple of bucks. But hey, Blake Snell is good!
Toronto Blue Jays
“He is Canadian!” is now “He is likely the ace of our division rival and he is almost certainly going to mow us down this upcoming season! Yeah!”
Besides, James Paxton has had success pitching in Toronto before.
“Tribe, first-round pick White reach deal: Tribe, first-round pick White reach deal” really slams home the news of the Tribe and first-round pick White reaching a deal. This is the “They did surgery on a grape” of baseball.
Alex White has been out of the majors since 2012 after pitching two seasons and recording a 5-13 record with an ERA over six.
Chicago White Sox
I really hope you try that turkey at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, which was demolished after a roof collapse in 2014. Delicious.
But it’s okay that the Metrodome is gone, because Target Field is ready to go. Rejoice, Twins fans.
I really feel for your Blackberry. At least the battery life on those was pretty good.
Kansas City Royals
Zero retweets, zero likes, zero replies. I could not confirm if any Royals fans went to the I-70 series in St. Louis that weekend.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Welcome to Mannywood.
San Francisco Giants
This is a very weird thing to tweet for your first post ever, Giants. I hope the club is well-rested, though.
San Diego Padres
As a native Texan and someone who has spent many summer days in the Arlington area, I feel this one. Truly a hidden gem of intense saltiness about our state’s climate.
The Colorado Rockies were very late to the Twitter party. Their first tweet is marked a full year after some of the other clubs made the foray onto the site. I guess their current-day Twitter presence, which is absolute fire and a must-follow, makes up for it.
Ah man, that bum Max Scherzer is pitching for the Diamondbacks here on April 14, 2009. I wonder if he is ever going to accomplish anything. Maybe Arizona should just give up on him already.
Has anyone ever … uh, seen some fireworks before?
We all need online support, Ryan Zimmerman. You aren’t special.
New York Mets
No Mets fan has ever enjoyed anything, but nice try.
[Paul Bremer voice] Ladies and gentlemen … we got him.
Hmm, that Giancarlo Stanton guy is really tearing it up with the Jacksonville Suns. The Marlins are going to love having him on board for the next 15-20 years as he leads the team back to pennant contention…
[Googles common baseball terms] Alright guys, let’s, um, get some runs!
i am not going to properly capitalize this section because of this wonderful little tweet. “pirates plan to start daniel mccutchen tomorrow in cincinnati” is a gem and i will not be convinced otherwise. mccutchen got a no-decision in a pirates’ 4-3 loss to the reds on august 31, 2009, after pitching six innings and allowing three earned runs.
he struck out five of the 25 batters he faced and allowed a solo home run to drew stubbs. mccutchen also had a hit as a batter in the game, the first of a day/night double-header. alright, thanks.
St. Louis Cardinals
Oh, cool! I am going to purchase a jersey of my favorite player on the 2009 Cardinals, John Smoltz! (Believe it or not, that actually happened!)
Can anyone help me out here? I want to know if the white car won the KOI Auto Parts race on the video board at Great American Ballpark on April 29, 2009. Please?
Your regular reminder that Prince Fielder rules.
That’s all 30 teams, and that’s 30 pretty terrible tweets. If you have the link to any other awful, early tweets from major-league clubs, drop them down in the comments or on my Twitter, @TomDorsa.
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