Sunday was an interesting day for Chicago Cubs outfielder Dave Sappelt and the Chicago Cubs fan following on twitter. There is no question that twitter has revolutionized the game of baseball. Mainly because of the ability of reporters to instantly break news and rumors, but also because of ability for fans to interact with their favorite players. Chicago Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart is a popular player on twitter, and his tweets are appreciated by many. On Sunday, while Stewart was tweeting about WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per view, Sappelt was involved in what some perceive as a controversy on twitter.
The suggested controversy began when Sappelt sent out multiple tweets poking fun at women driving. The tweets have since been deleted, but in light of being criticized for his tweets, Sappelt sent out this tweet:
— Dave Sappelt (@SappySappelt6) January 27, 2013
The story here is that there is no story. Sappelt was not tweeting from the Chicago Cubs official twitter handle. Sappelt was tweeting from his personal handle. Similar to how employees of a particular company need to state on their social network profiles that the opinions expressed on their profile are theirs and not their employers, Sappelt was using his personal twitter handle for voicing his personal opinion. Since Sappelt was referring to his girlfriend, who was driving while he was tweeting, there is no question that Sappelt was making fun of the situation. Nonetheless, it is a shame that bored fans/bloggers try to take offense to the tweets or twist them into some false controversy. As Sappelt suggested, if anyone takes offense to his tweets, they have the option of unfollowing him on twitter; failing to do would only mean that they are more so the problem instead of Sappelt’s tweets.