Boston Red Sox

Just a bizarre, inexplicable choice of subject matter for this tweet by the Oakland Athletics. They have a series coming up against the Red Sox starting on April 20 at the Oakland Coliseum, so you can’t fault them for throwing some promotion out there for the three-game set. But they did so by bringing up DeflateGate, of all things.

Then again, what the A’s were aiming for here is probably … exactly this. Attention. Mentions. The mere act of dignifying the tweet.

So maybe the A’s ultimately got what they wished. But as you heard at the end of hour 3 on Toucher & Rich today, they may be guilty of publishing the “worst tweet in sports history” with this taunt.

The Oakland Athletics celebrate scoring a run against the Boston Red Sox. (Photo: © Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)

The Oakland Athletics celebrate scoring a run against the Boston Red Sox. (Photo: © Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)

An embarrassingly contrived cross-sports reference, for starters. And only the most zealous Patriots fans aren’t over DeflateGate by now, considering they’ve won two Super Bowls since the start of the controversy in early 2015.

It’s not even the right controversy, if you wanted to tap into Oakland fans. Bringing up the “Tuck Rule” would’ve been far more appropriate. All in all, a big F-minus for whoever conceived of this tweet and purposely had it published.

But on the other hand, here we are talking about it. So in the end, the A’s pick up a W before the series even starts.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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