Question of the Week: Indispensable Twitter Feed
This week's question for Pandemic Baseball Book Club authors: What Twitter feed do you find indispensable?
My indispensable Twitter feed is my friend Jayson Stark (@jaysonst). He entertains and piques my curiosity with his columns, and he's terrific at finding the humor in the business of baseball. He's really good at what he does (witness his J.G. Taylor Spink award in 2019), and though he's a bit older than the typical Twitter power user (he turns 70 next year), he's fully embraced the technology and frequently interacts with fans through it.
D.B. Firstman (@dianagram)
The only good account on Twitter is @kothscreens, which just shows random screencaps from King of the Hill episodes. It provides constant joy and zero opinions.
Eric Nusbaum (@enusbaum)
Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal), because he's the baseball storybreaker of all storybreakers.
Danny Gallagher (dannogallagher7)
Coming from the California Bay Area, I am accustomed to the reliable method of stepping outside to forecast the weather. If I returned with a diluted cup of coffee, it was probably raining. Now that I’ve moved to Nashville, that method of DIY meteorology does not apply. Stepping outside to gauge the weather could result in your coffee cup landing two counties over, or watching a lightning bolt blow your neighbor's chimney to smithereens (which just happened last month).
My real introduction to extreme local weather came in the wee morning hours of March 3, when I was awakened by tornado sirens. I realized in that moment that I had no idea what to do (which was surprising, considering that tornadoes have inexplicably been my greatest fear since childhood).
I ran to the basement, where, huddled alone in the dark (my second greatest fear: dark basements), I remembered a friend telling me about a local weather account on Twitter. Until that moment, I had spent almost no time on Twitter, but I found the account and clung to it. It posted at least every minute, informing about safety procedures and updating the path of the tornado, which came too close for comfort and left over 60 miles of devastation in its wake.
As much as I hate dark basements, I stayed in mine for much longer than necessary. One upside of this adventure was learning that Twitter is a terrific hub for baseball people. I had no idea! It's safe to say I'd have never met my partners in crime or been included in the forging of the Pandemic Baseball Book Club had it not been for those hours I spent in my basement.
The guys running @NashSevereWx “talked” me through one of the scariest moments of my life. I am so grateful that I contribute monthly to their Patreon. Following the tornado, I checked their account so frequently that my boyfriend thought I had a second, secret boyfriend. We now jokingly refer to the account as "weather boyfriend."
Anika Orrock (@anikadrawls)
While I don't have an indispensable Twitter feed I do have an indispensable Facebook group: Disapproving Corgis. It's a group where members post pics and videos of their corgis looking pissed off at pretty much everything. Don't laugh—it's got 925,000 members. Lots of pissed off corgis out there, obviously.
Mitchell Nathanson (@MitchNathanson)
@hankshulman, the Giants beat writer for the Chronicle. He's as smart, experienced and professional as anyone in baseball. But more important, he makes me laugh out loud at least once a day.
Joan Ryan (@joanryan)
I’ve long turned to @CraigCalcaterra for a clear-eyed distillation of what’s important around baseball at any given moment. When he was recently laid off by NBC Sports, he started his own newsletter, called Cup of Coffee, to which I have no affiliation but endorse fully.
My real answer, though, is obviously @Super70sSports.
Jason Turbow (@BaseballCodes)
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump). How else can we follow what is happening with our government? [Ed. note: If you have any question about Mr. Pessah’s political leanings, they become readily clear on his own Twitter feed.]
Jon Pessah (@JonPessah)
@sportcardbacks. If the front of the card is what catches your eye, it's the back of the card that makes you stay awhile. This guy is hilarious, finding just the right mix of baseball card backs, with their quirky trivia and squinty fonts. Well worth the follow.
Brad Balukjian (@waxpackbook)