Greg Abbott

Texas Governor Abbott congratulates Astros on winning series…that they didn’t win….

Call this a case of premature tweeting.

In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott sent out this tweet the other day:

All well and good, right?  After all, at the time the tweet was sent out, the Astros were beating the Royals 6-2 in the 8th inning.  Except…as any sports fan will tell you, you never, ever congratulate someone for winning a game until that game is over.  Why?  Well, there’s always the risk of a comeback.  And that is exactly what happened, as the Royals came back and won the game 9-6.

By way of explanation, Abbott’s office said:

Using his personal account, the Governor tried to joke about what had happened:

Yeah, that’s a big ole “opps” right there.

Is this a big deal?  Of course not.  It’s a pretty minor thing.  But, it does serve as a good reminder that your staff must be properly trained in what to say, how to say it, and in this case, when to say it.  Any sports fan worth their salt would have known not to send out that tweet until the game was over.

Ahh well.  It could have been worse!

Baseball player benched, then suspended, for using Instagram during a game

It’s something we’ve all probably done: You go to the bathroom and grab your phone, putzing around on Instagram or Facebook.  Well, there are times when social media use is inappropriate.  One of those times is in the middle of a baseball game…that you are playing in.

Unfortunately, Pablo Sandoval, third baseman for the Boston Red Sox, didn’t realize that.  Last Wednesday, during the 7th inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves, Sandoval went to the bathroom, went on Instagram, and liked at least one photo.  He was quickly caught by other users:

This action violates Major League Baseball’s social media policy, which expressly prohibits social media use during a game.  As a result, Sandoval was suspended for one game, a punishment which he accepted. To his credit (not that he really had a choice), Sandoval copped to his in-game Instagram use, took responsibility and apologized:

“I know I [messed] up and made a mistake yesterday. I learned from that. I’m a human being. I made a mistake. I apologized to my teammates, the team, the organization, the fans who support us … I didn’t send a message, I hit the like [button]. I was in the bathroom in the seventh inning. It was the wrong time. I learned from that.”

Not a big deal; mistakes happened, and it was handled well by Sandoval.  And hey, it could have been a lot worse: He could have tweeted during a death penalty trial.  The lesson here, of course, is obvious: There is a time and a place for everything.  Even social media use.

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