Every time a new Giants person gets on Twitter, an angel gets it’s wings snapped in half and then gingerly glued back together. It’s a wonderful gift but also triggers deep anxiety within my soul because I know what a dark abyss of trolling Twitter can be and man, I’m worried about Boch’s heart. Every time I see Bruce’s face wrinkle up like a newborn pug, I’m like NO BOCH, DON’T STRESS YOURSELF IT’S IMPORTANT YOU LIVE FOREVER.
Bruce Bochy is now on Twitter and it’s been about two weeks and I want to check in to see how it’s going for him. The Giants have been winning so I figure Twitter complaints about moving Gorkys Hernandez up, down, in, or out of the lineup have probably been less prevalent than they normally would be so at least it should be starting off nice and smooth for our big-headed fearless leader.
That being said, let’s evaluate his presence on Twitter so far.
When Boch started his channel, he had to settle for @BruceBochy1:
Apparently he has some pull in the Twitter-sphere because low-and-behold, just two weeks later, the “1” which signifies that you are only the second most important Bruce Bochy in the world, has been removed:
If that’s not a power move, I don’t know what is.
One of Boch’s most recent tweets featured not one, but THREE emojis:
Great homestand boys! ⚾️ Time to hit the road ✈️ See you all back at AT&T Park on May 14 pic.twitter.com/ttbRjyMmI0— Bruce Bochy (@BruceBochy) May 2, 2018
I don’t know why, but I just figured someone like Bruce Bochy would just ignore that entire part of his phone’s keyboard and never use emojis. This was definitely a jolt to my perception of who Boch is and opened up bottomless questions. Does he not select a flesh color for his people emojis and leave them yellow? Does he have an Android? Does he use Bitmojis? It’s been a rollercoaster of emojitions (see what I did there? Okay, sorry, sorry.)
It DOES make me seriously consider if he has a ghostwriter (Crawford?) penning his content... Just eight days earlier, he didn’t seem to know how to use emojis:
Great win tonight, we’re 1-0 when I’m on twitter. [thumbs up emoji]— Bruce Bochy (@BruceBochy) April 25, 2018
Interaction With Fans
Other than his Q&A through the Giants account, I haven’t seen any mentions or replies to fans. I would like to see more of that because, hey, I’m here for the tea.
On the other hand, Giants fans have been using the @ function liberally. Here are some of my favorite comments I’ve seen so far:
Hi Bruce. Welcome. Please have Brandon Crawford DM me or contact me with the people who can make this happen. I think I know what's wrong with his swing. Thank you. And welcome again.— Loomis Freeman (@KngOfFriendship) April 25, 2018
Encouragement and advice:
Welcome. We are about the same age and I picked it up quickly. Just don't be too wordy like I am. My kids hate it when I send long tweets.— Diane carr (@Dianecarr4) April 25, 2018
Concessions complaints from what appears to be over 10 years ago:
Hello Bruce, I have a complaint about the price of beverages at PacBell, and was told to contact you. The way I see it, you owe me a $10 refund, how are we going to settle this? Also play Mac today in both games.— Pierre Dillinger (@Pierre_Dilinger) April 28, 2018
Who Boch Follows
Appears he only follows the players - no beat writers, no non-baseball accounts with 24 total follows. Not much to report here but was really hoping to discover some deep dark secret, like he follows the Outback Steakhouse account and has a Bloomin’ Onion fetish. I’ll keep an eye on this.
Twitter Highlight So Far
By far the best Twitter moment for Boch so far was his most recent tweet regarding his parking snafu at SunTrust:
I wasn't allowed to park in my spot in the media lot today so I had to go to the Braves parking lot. But I'll park wherever they want me to if I get 11 runs.— Bruce Bochy (@BruceBochy) May 6, 2018
Humorous and witty, A+++ tweet but the best part about it was the response from the Brave’s starting pitcher that night, Brandon McCarthy:
I gave up all those hits and runs out of respect for you after hearing about parking snafu— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) May 6, 2018
Overall, Boch has had a strong start out of the gates but I’m really looking for baby’s first GIF or meme to take it to the next level.
This is a brand new world, guys. The last time I was this excited about someone joining Twitter, it was Brandon Belt tweeting his love for breadsticks at Olive Garden.
Can’t wait to see what happens when the Giants start losing... is that wrong of me?