Thursday Links: Thigpen & Holliday discover Twitter

On a slow news day, what better way to waste valuable company time than to peruse what’s happening on Twitter? Doing exactly that, I just so happened to stumble across Matt Holliday’s Twitter account, and for some reason or another he praised former Blue Jays catching prospect Curtis Thigpen:

“With some of my friends at ut, lookout for Curtis Thigpen this year, that swing is NICE”

After Thigpen was traded from the Jays to the A’s last March, he has seemingly fallen completely off the map. He didn’t play a single game with the Athletics, and I can’t find any 2009 minor league stats for him – not with the A’s Triple A affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats, or not even their Double A affiliate in the Midland Rockhounds.

By all indications, Curtis Thigpen didn’t play a lick of baseball after Spring Training 2009, and yet Matt Holliday is touting Thigpen’s abilities as if he were the next big thing for the Oakland A’s. He is on the Triple A roster for the River Cats, but it’s going to take much more than Holliday’s “ringing” endorsement to bring Thigpen back to the big leagues. Oh, and apparently just like his buddy Matt Holliday, Curtis Thigpen also has a Twitter account.


Speaking of interesting folks on Twitter, I recently starting following David Brown of Yahoo! Sports (or as the Twitterverse knows him, AnswerDave). I highly recommend you give him a follow – he always manages to scavenge the internets for the best links of the day. Heck, he even wrote a piece yesterday about Dirk Hayhurst’s surgery. That’s pretty cool considering Hayhurst’s surgery isn’t a story that really resonates outside of Toronto, but very cool that Big League Stew picked up on it because us Blue Jays seamheads that live North and South saw the value in the story.

Lastly, if you’re curious to find out a little bit more about The Blue Jay Hunter, check out my interview piece over at the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. Daniel Shoptaw, the founding member of the BBA is interviewing each member of the Alliance, and took a few minutes to ask me some questions specific to this blog and the Blue Jays in general.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

4 thoughts on “Thursday Links: Thigpen & Holliday discover Twitter

  • February 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    From what I remember, Thiggy started the spring last year with some kind of injury (back, I think?). I *think* he had surgery sometime during the season, and didn't play anywhere all season. I can't find anything to back that up, though. :

  • February 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks E, after he was traded from the Blue Jays I honestly can't remember hearing a peep anywhere about Thigpen. I figured he was sent down to the minors or something like that, but he is on the River Cats roster for this season.

  • February 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Nice interview. Interesting to see what your opinions/plans/motivations are for this blog. And yes, one day Toronto will compete against the titans of the AL East…

  • February 4, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks Mattt, I'm glad you enjoyed it! The Jays will definitely be in the hunt in the future, I'm just afraid its going to take a few years of building before they can make a run at the Division Title or the Wild Card.

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