Minoring in Twitter: Minor Leaguers reticent about Johnny Manziel getting drafted
By Danny Wild / MiLB.com
I know this is hard to believe, but Johnny Manziel seems to be a polarizing figure. The Heisman Trophy winner and latest in a long line of hopeful Cleveland Browns quarterbacks was back in the news over the weekend when the San Diego Padres drafted the Texas A&M star in the 28th round of the Draft.
A predictable nickname was instantly attached: “Johnny Baseball.”
(For those non-football fans and/or people living under rocks, Mr. Manziel is a football player. He hasn’t played baseball since high school).
“Big thank you to the Padres and [team president] Mike Dee for selecting me in the MLB Draft,” Manziel said. “What a great day!”
Yes, yes. What a great day. You can just imagine how pleased and excited the realm of actual aspiring, hard-working baseball players were when they learned Manziel was the 837th overall pick.
Manziel being picked in the MLB draft is a disgrace to baseball. Many capable players were overlooked for the sake of publicity.
— Mitch Horacek (@mhoracek14) June 9, 2014
I don’t blame Manziel but I could rattle off 30 guys that deserved that pick and busted their tails for it. Proud to have grinded with them. — Adam Plutko (@Papaplut36) June 9, 2014
— Colby Suggs (@papasuggs34) June 8, 2014
Disgrace to baseball. Undeserving.
“I am sick to my stomach,” said Giants No. 8 prospect Clayton Blackburn. You can all now take a moment to imagine him vomiting in the Richmond dugout.
“@THealy5: Really? Johnny Manziel over someone who worked his whole life for a chance to play professional baseball??” Amen bro
— Nick Rickles (@nickrickles) June 8, 2014
Calm down, everyone — Johnny Manziel has a right to be drafted in baseball. The guy can clearly throw — just look how natural he was while tossing out a ceremonial first pitch in San Diego last summer:
I understand picks like @Coryhahn34, he is an inspiration to us all. But why Manziel? What does that do?
— Marco Gonzales (@MarcoGonzales_) June 7, 2014
I hope the player picked after Manziel becomes the greatest player to ever play the game lol
— Chase Stevens (@ChaseStevens32) June 7, 2014
The fact the Manziel got drafted is a joke and a mockery of the game. A big screw you to all the guys working hard to get drafted — Jarrett Casey (@JCasey13) June 7, 2014
OK, OK. Moving on. In other news, Minor Leaguers really hate Johnny Manziel.
Manziel getting drafted, taking a spot of someone who would possibly do anything to continue playing baseball, is absolutely ridiculous
— Chris Beck (@WatchUrBeck) June 7, 2014
The padres are a joke. There are thousands of baseball players that have worked their entire lives to get drafted and they pick Manziel. — Chase Stevens (@ChaseStevens32) June 7, 2014
I know many people that would beg for the opportunity to play. And you’re gonna waste a pick on manziel. C’mon now.
— Oscar mercado (@Osc_merc) June 7, 2014
Really? Drafting manziel instead of some kid who actually wants to play pro ball? — Pierce Johnson (@Flowbro33) June 7, 2014
Manziel getting drafted is such a joke — Brady Rodgers (@RocketRodg) June 7, 2014
But in a Jon Stewart-esque move right now, I will show you how, not so long ago, Minor Leaguers were actually all about Team Manziel. Fair to say, though, that Minor Leaguers’ biggest issue isn’t with Manziel but rather the Padres’ decision to use a pick on him:
Media is asking Johnny Manziel some really brutal questions and he is handling it like a professional. I can root for a guy like that
— Tony Kemp (@tonykemp6) May 9, 2014
Well, looks like I’m getting a Manziel Browns jersey! #keepmyword
— Justin Toole (@Tooleyj24) May 9, 2014
Buying my first football jersey since Vikings Randy Moss, Johnny Manziel Browns jersey here I come! — Max Fried (@MaxFried32) May 9, 2014
I know what would give Minor Leaguers chills: what if he was drafted by the… nevermind.
Nick Gordon, also drafted this past week, is actually a real baseball player (brother of Dee, son of Tom, No. 5 overall pick). That apparently earned him immediate street cred on Twitter:
Got that Blue Check….😏👌
— Nick Gordon (@NickyG_IV) June 13, 2014
A look into the Louisville Bats’ clubhouse:
— Shelley Duncan (@shelldunc) June 12, 2014
Selfies of the Week
Team picture day but first….😂 pic.twitter.com/i8ZvpYSmBe
— Jason Bourgeois (@jbourgeois11) June 12, 2014
— Jake Elmore (@JElmo10) June 13, 2014
— Brett Nicholas (@bnicholas15) June 12, 2014
— Tony Kemp (@tonykemp6) June 12, 2014
Here’s a guy getting a pedicure:
Pedi’s on deck . pic.twitter.com/KaIPI5SVJn
— Rio Ruiz (@ruiz_rio) June 12, 2014
— Tyler Massey (@TylerMassey7) June 12, 2014
The closest we get to Dunk-A-Roos. Where did they vanish to!?!? 😩 pic.twitter.com/8laL7hAQlv
— Bo Greenwell (@BoGreenwell) June 11, 2014
— Marco Gonzales (@MarcoGonzales_) June 12, 2014
Chipotle Tweets of the Week
Still a line at chipotle at 9:45???
— Ben Lively (@BenLively19) June 9, 2014
The amount of chipotle I consume in a year is unreal! — Pierce Johnson (@Flowbro33) June 9, 2014
ooooomf chipotle #needja
— Robert Stephenson (@robsteev44) June 7, 2014