Yesterday, Bruce Bochy held his first-ever Twitter Q&A. You can color me surprised, because there’s no way I expected that to ever happen. I remember when Bryan Srabian told us on the Chroncast what he had to do to pitch the @Cafe and the whole idea of a social presence to the Giants’ front office; I certainly wish I could’ve been there when someone described Twitter to Bochy.
But maybe it wasn’t too difficult, as Bruce Bochy has popped up on Twitter with his own account. Let’s check in on Bruce Bochy’s Twitter presence and see (NOTE: I began writing this article yesterday afternoon) —
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
The manager of the San Francisco Giants is on the Twitter dot com, the most wretched web site to exist, and you can count me in here. There’s now a chance that he will quote tweet and roast some 20-something from Sacramento who thinks the manager “sucks ass” at making lineups. It’s all very exciting. I hope you’ll join me in being here for it. And, you know what, in his second tweet, he’s absolutely right: they’re 1-0 when he tweets before the game. This means HE CAN NEVER STOP TWEETING.
Is it an attempt to remain relevant? To connect with the fanbase during a rough patch in the relationship? Does he just want to know what all the memes are about? Is there a cabal of digital overlords in the Giants’ clubhouse who are controlling the conversation and Bochy, as manager, knows he needs to be in on it?
Do we want to know why he couldn’t get @BruceBochy and had to go with @BruceBochy1? Is Tim Flannery squatting on that account? And who’s actually doing the tweeting? Is it Ron Wotus? Hensley Meulens? Nick Hundley?
But the original point of my article was to go through the Bochy’s Q&A and just... marvel at his responses. So, let me just do that instead of wonder what caused this content blessing to occur. First, and for the second time ever in the format’s existence, here’s a Link to the Twitter Moment of the Q&A.
(WARNING: this post contains multiple Twitter embeds and not screencapped tweets. Apologies if that messes with your machine.)
And now, let’s go through my favorite tweets, because I got a really big kick out of the Moment...
Here we go! #SFGChat with Boch time.#SFGiants pic.twitter.com/Q9obHV22Ph— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 24, 2018
He looks so happy! Bruce Bochy never mails it in when someone asks him to look at the camera and smile. I’d also like to know what logo is on the bagged hat on his desk. (EDIT: It’s the logo of the KT Wiz, a South Korean professional team) Could be the key to unlocking the secret behind why he joined Twitter now as opposed to a year ago. Anyway, onto the rest of the questions...
@StevenZP2: Where do you keep your 3 WS rings?
I keep one on me or in my condo here in SF. The other 2 are in a safe deposit box at the bank. https://t.co/6pTiSQgF47— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 24, 2018
This tweet gives me an idea. I shall word this idea n honor of one of my favorite twitter follows, @briancgrubb:
Who would be on your
OCEAN’S BAY’S 8 team to wrest either or both the 2012 and 2014 rings from the bank holding Bochy’s prized rings?
@bruceleland_: What’s your go to snack at your local gas station?
Hostess fruit pies. Love those bad boys. https://t.co/c5JciSI7N2— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 24, 2018
If there’s some context to this question, please let me know in the comments. Otherwise, this is the most bizarre, random-ass question I could imagine asking another human being. My thought is that the twitter user in question has, for reasons, sized up Bruce Bochy to be someone who scarfs down food from a gas station. To Bochy’s credit, he straight up answers the question. Unashamedly, even. By the way, the answer to this early question let me know that Bochy and I might not have a lot in common.
@J_GONZO_JR: Creamy or chunky peanut butter?
I’m actually more of an almond butter guy now though.— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 24, 2018
Here’s the next answer that absolutely made it clear he and I have nothing in common. I don’t know how people who like chunky peanut butter get through each day, but I know they do so with great struggle. I believe chunky peanut butter was the original form of peanut butter, but this was the original design for a bicycle —
... so, you know... consider the possibility that designs and recipes improve over time. Why would you want chunky peanut butter anyway? Why not just eat a peanut?
@DrBones33: What is your favorite memory you have as a SF Giants manager
Last pitch that Wilson struck Cruz out with to end the 2010 World Series. https://t.co/B1ThxSSW0H— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 24, 2018
This is good and I wanted to highlight it because he declared it his favorite.
@SanBrunoJess: What was your greatest moment as a player?
Hitting a #walkoff homer off of Nolan Ryan. https://t.co/R4a26P0w0a— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 24, 2018
You can relive that game here. It was also his 13th career home run.
@brocksbelt71: HOW DO YOU EAT YOUR OREOS?!
I'm pretty simple. I just hold it and eat it. I don't dip it in anything. https://t.co/muXlghHZsF— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 24, 2018
This is perfect. Misusing the resources provided to him in the most boring way possible.
@joanajoy24: When are you letting Buster pitch and Bum catch?
After our next World Series Championship. I'll let them do that the next year. https://t.co/JnvCflmIIi— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 24, 2018
I’m fired up after reading this. I want the team leader to have this kind of swagger. I want the people on the team I root for talking like this. “Yeah, we know we’re good and we’re gonna win.” And now we have a legally binding statement that we will get this weird role reversal of two franchise players. This tweet really has everything.
@badacko: is a hot dog a sandwich?
I've never considered it a sandwich. It's like it's own entity. https://t.co/PUQJtwuXSv— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 24, 2018
Wow. We’ve spent years discussing this topic, guessing how other people would answer and he just... tweeted it out. Waded right into the sandwichversy with no fear. And he gave the “middle answer” to the question. I admire his pluck.
There’s absolutely no way Bochy’s Twitter experiment ends well, but there’s absolutely every chance that we’ll enjoy the hell out of it while it lasts.
Finally, an important poll question for your consideration:
Which Twitter meme will Bochy use first?
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