A.J. Pierzynski's signing first reported from inside a ham store
Pierzynski's signing first reported from a ham store
On Wednesday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reported that catcher A.J. Pierzynski would be signing with the Braves.
The #Braves and A.J. Pierzynski have reached agreement on a 1 yr. deal Deal is pending a physical. Likely won't be official until early Jan.- Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) December 24, 2014
Though the club has yet to confirm, where did the info come from? Did Pierzynski tweet something? Was it a report from Ken Rosenthal? A leaked document?
Nope, it came from a Dad shopping for some Christmas ham who then told his son, drummer in the band As Cities Burn, Aaron Lunsford.
And even though Lunsford doesn't have one of those newfangled journalism degree doohickeys:
I just got a scoop on a signing before any national or local writer. But alas I have no credentials in the field of sports writing.- Aaron Lunsford (@darrenstains) December 24, 2014
The baseball world had to give him his due:
And yes @darrenstains gets credit for the scoop. His dad overheard it and son tweeted it. Crazy world- David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) December 24, 2014
Hat tip on the Pierzynski deal goes to @darrenstains, whose father ran into Fredi Gonzalez at Honeybaked Ham.- Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) December 24, 2014
But there's one more piece of drama to this affair. We can only hope the ham police were kind:
Update: mom is worried dad is going to be in trouble #HamRumors- Aaron Lunsford (@darrenstains) December 24, 2014
Fortunately, everything is OK ... for now.
This has turned into an amazing day. I love twitter. #HamRumors- Aaron Lunsford (@darrenstains) December 24, 2014
So remember, rumor seekers: Ham stores are the new baseball rumor hot spots.
Well #HamRumors made for a fun Christmas Eve. Credit to my dad for wearing a Santa hat in public and gaining trust of unsuspecting MLB mgr..- Aaron Lunsford (@darrenstains) December 25, 2014