WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – When it comes to national baseball writers, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is about as respected as one could find, but that doesn’t make him impervious to the same Twitter disasters every normal fast-fingered human stumbles into from time to time.
The world of Twitter spares no expense when it comes to “huge” gaffs like Heyman had on Sunday, no matter what your reputation is.
In fact, the Twitter culture loves nothing more than basking in the misery of others, a tendency for which the rule of thumb seems to be, the more respected and the bigger the moment, the funnier the outcome.
So when Mariano Rivera gave up a two-run 9th-inning bomb to the Orioles’ Adam Jones, in a rare blown save for the future Hall of Famer, Twitter was primed for an epic typo and had a field day when Heyman delivered on cue.
“Huge HR by adam jones @SimplyAJ10 2-run shot off mariano w/ 1 out in 9th for 2-1 o’s lead. #huget*ts” – John Heyman, Sunday June 7, 3:52 p.m.
We’ve slightly censored the tweet at the behest of our own filters, but Deadspin has a screen capture of the original tweet here, if you need a clearer picture painted.
sorry, that was an accidental typo. not quite sure how that happened. my bad. #badlands—
Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 07, 2013
“I was trying to say ‘Huge,'” Heyman told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny Tuesday.
“Apparently Twitter is trying to save you some trouble, instead they created it by making a huge something else,” Heyman continued. “And it’s not something I’d ever typed, but apparently a lot of people type that, not shockingly.”
Although he deleted the original tweet, you have to give Heyman credit for coming clean and speaking on the record about his slip of the thumb. It’s not every day serious baseball writers are open and honest about their mistakes.
As for what he was trying to type: “Huge. That’s it.”
“And I probably should have re-read it instead of trusting my typing, but that’s what it became,” he admitted. “As you can imagine, on Twitter, you get quite a response to that.”
“I think it probably helped my Klout score, so I guess I could look at it positively,” he joked.
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