Dear Diary: photos on Twitter are boring, and we’re not going to take it anymore.
iPhone cameras, flip cams, Twitvids, Twitpics, blogs.
So many ways to bring up close and personal photos to the fans. So many avenues by which to share our special moments with ballplayers. So many methods by which fans can see their favorite personalities in the game, through the camera lenses of those who cover them.
So many ways to irritate the bejeebers out of the general public.
Yes, folks, apparently, we’ve become annoying. Really, really annoying.
Sigh. It wasn’t that long ago — three years, to be exact — when providing instant photos from Spring Training, through the glory of the Internet, was an enigma to be cherished.
Now there appears to be, according to a small but very vocal group of blog-readers and Twitter followers, an over-saturation of photos reporters are sending out to their home fan bases. Instead of bringing the Tweeple closer to the game, according to at least a couple of folks out there, the only thing we’re doing is grating on every last nerve of the very fans we’re trying to appease.
I know what you’re thinking. Media? Annoying? Not possible.
Sometimes, I long for the old days of 2009. Back then, posting photos on blogs was largely a new thing, at least it was for me. The first photo I ever posted was of ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, as he prepared to do a live shot (from the waist up) from the Astros’ ballpark.
The second photo I ever posted was this, and it created a stir that took me a little bit off guard.
The general reaction: “OMG! THIS IS SO COOL! LOOK IT’S BAGWELL AND BERKMAN! I JUST LOVE THEM! PLEASE GIVE US MORE! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!
(And one other: “Who would have ever thought John Kruk would be the one without the mullet?”)
Anyhoo, as I read the reactions, I thought, hey, we might be on to something.
Three years later, alas, the photo craze has left some crying “Uncle,” or, using the expression I most prefer, “Eyes. Bleeding.”
For example, this guy gives us a play-by-play of insufferable Twitpics, in journal form. And this guy takes a relatively good-natured jab at beat writers and columnists who are, in his estimation, posting really bad Twitpics, whether they’re blurry, nondescript, or just plain boring.
And I’ve been told there is a new wave of whiners who are now protesting the latest three-headed monster: tweeting in-game Spring Training updates.
As I peruse these grievances, I can’t help but think 1) people have way too much time on their hands, or 2) they have way too much time on their hands, and they like to spend that time moaning about bad angles, blurry photos, shadows and other Spring Training hardships.
I, for one, will soldier on. After all, we’re giving the people what they want…well, most of the people. If posting photos on the Internet never existed, I shudder to think what you’d be missing. Such as:
Brett Wallace wiping sweat off his head during batting practice.
This thing they gave Brett is so big, it’s reminiscent of a sign you’d wear in kindergarten after doing something well: “Brett ate all of his vegetables today.”
With no camera phone, I’d have no way of bringing you this display, on the elevator doors in the right field corner of the Phillies’ spring ballpark. That’s Brad Lidge, obviously, dropping to his knees just as the Phillies won the World Series in 2008. (Lidge’s exact words before he hit the ground: “We did it. Oh my God.”)
Bud Norris prefers that when you talk to him, you do so while tilting your head a full 90 degrees. Radio announcer Dave Raymond obliged, and the two had a lovely exchange before the Astros-Phillies game on Wednesday.
Without the wonder of the Internet, I’d have no way to tell you that Bobby Meacham and Matt Downs laughed really hard about something during batting practice, and that I have no idea what was so funny.
ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark spent a lot of time on the Astros’ side of the field before the game, and this made a lot of people happy, including manager Brad Mills, Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler, and your friendly neighborhood blogger, who was there to capture the moment in all of its glory.
“Look like you’re pondering something really serious and deep,” I instructed Jordan Schafer. Here’s what I got.