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.