Minoring in Twitter: Our bus broke down, and our bus driver quit

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

14579111946_03f6a06fb1_z

Ben Verlander. There’s a guy whose probably got it pretty good, right? Expensive exotic cars, popping champagne in clubhouse celebrations with his Cy Young-winning brother, beautiful women, even more amazing cars, posing in dugouts like an Abercrombie model, putting up seven RBIs on two homers. The guy knows Kate Upton. That can’t be understated: he knows Kate Upton, probably really well.

But he’s a Minor Leaguer, so that means while Justin Verlander is off driving his supercars with supermodels, Ben is occasionally stranded on the side of a highway for four five seven hours with a broken bus and a sweaty, frustrated bus driver named Gordo:

Verlander tried reaching out to Peter Pan (the bus company, not the peanut butter tycoon or the mischievous boy) for help:

And Peter Pan was like, “Hey, Ben, we have no idea!”

Other Connecticut players pleaded for help:

Concerned about our young men, we checked in with Ben after hour No. 4:

Tigers righty Josh Heddinger also said it was a flat tire:

Hours later… still there…

Braves No. 1 prospect Lucas Sims (who probably does not know Kate Upton) and the Lynchburg Hillcats said the same exact thing happened last week:

inside1coach Believe it or not, the Connecticut Tigers were not alone in their bus troubles this week. Did you hear about the Johnson City Cardinals? According to multiple reports, the Appy League team’s bus driver lost his patience waiting for the players after a game in Greeneville, Tennessee, and just bailed, taking the keys to the bus with him. I supposed even if he’d left the keys behind, the players probably wouldn’t be comfortable (or legally licensed) driving a coach bus themselves, but, hey, it makes for good Minoring in Twitter content:

So here’s my question: where did this bus driver go? He just walked off into the darkness of Greene County, Tennessee, with nothing? How was he getting home? How do you even explain that one to your boss? You had one job: drive a bus.

The ordeal spawned some new hashtags. #PrayforJC

This story has a happy ending: another bus driver rode to the rescue, according to the Cardinals’ strength coach:

Local media provided some more details on this one.  “I know the guys on their Twitter and tweets they were sending out made it seem a lot worse than it really was,” Johnson City General Manager Tyler Parsons told WSMV.com. “They were in the parking lot for maybe 45 minutes until the other driver got there. [He] brought them back here to Johnson City and everything was good to go … but definitely a first for Minor League Baseball … which you can’t say a whole lot.”

WSMV.com said the Cardinals “have had some emails from people, volunteering to drive the bus for the team for the remainder of the season.” Having some promotional fun with the drama, the Cards also said anyone licensed to drive a bus will get into games for free from July 16-19.

Even when your bus is actually moving and functional, it’s not too awesome:

(for those who can’t see those characters, it’s a sad emoticon with a gun to its head)

Wait, what? You said you’d like more bus drama? How’s this from Bowling Green:

I think this may become a weekly part of Minoring in Twitter…

Making the best of it:

American Ninja Warrior has actually been in the news this week (having HD video of this woman probably helped the cause), and Minor Leaguers haven’t been ignoring it:

Micah Johnson rode a bus through a hurricane! Forget flat tires:

Bizarre Minor Leaguer Video of the Week

Jeremy Barfield tweeted out a video (it appears he used his cell phone to record his circa 1992 TV screen) of a fan who ran onto the field and charged at a Midland pitcher on the mound. It’s worth seeing — even Deadspin picked it up:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

The price is right:

Shouldn’t professional athletes eat, like… healthier stuff?

1 Comment

BASEBALL IS A GREAT GAME AND MLB IS A GREAT GROUP OF WELL ROUNDED BUSINESSE MEN WHO PUT A PRODUCT ON NATIONAL TV FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE. BUT ARE NOT WILLING TO FIX A SIMPLE PROBLEM SUCH AS TRAVEL FOR THE FUTURE OF THEIR GAME! SMART. DUMB OR CHEAP BUT NOT GOOD AT ALL!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,127 other followers

%d bloggers like this: