Don’t Have a Cow, Man

“It wasn’t something that I was planning on, it just sort of happened.”

Those words can be applied to many life situations, from the momentous to the exceedingly trivial, and those words certainly applied to how I spent last Friday afternoon. Taking place firmly within the realm of the exceedingly trivial, I found myself embroiled in a Twitter beef — a literal beef, as it were — with Visalia Rawhide mascot Tipper T. Bull. It all started innocently, with this tweet from the Rawhide:

Because I have a distinct propensity for indulging in bad jokes whenever possible, I replied with the following:

Tipper was less than impressed with this remark, and expressed his disdain thusly:

OKAY, IT’S ON!

At this point I kind of wanted to end it, as Tipper’s tweet was written so definitively. But then I thought, to myself: “You’re 35 years old, an ostensible professional and nominally an adult, and you’re going to let a Class A Advanced bovine mascot have the last word in a Twitter battle? That’s not the kind of man you were raised to be.”

And that’s where it ended. While me vs. Tipper might not have been Aces vs. RiverCats in the MiLB Twitter fight pantheon, it did provide a pleasant diversion throughout the course of an offseason afternoon. And as for Tipper, I’m just going to assume that we’re friends again. The beef has already been squashed.

benjamin.hill@mlb.com

twitter.com/bensbiz

5 Comments

I am a true believer in the Mascot Code. Tipper the Bull breached that code the moment he got cute/smarmy after the first response. So many Twitter wars coming out of the California League and the PCL. Tipper went rogue on the profession.

Thankful neither you nor tipper grew up near NY, listening to Phil Rizzuto.

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That was FANTASTIC

-Joe
ballhawkindownsouth.mlblogs.com

Awesome, Ben. Maybe the two of you could continue the ‘fued’ this summer at the ballpark!
-Mike

http://minoringinbaseball.com/

That is if he still has a ‘beef’ with you…

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