Norfolk man tweeted about getting tattoo of Diamondbacks relief pitcher if he scored a run — which he did — then Twitter went wild
NORFOLK, Neb. — Social media has a way of connecting people these days, sometimes in the strangest of ways.
Jeff Buss of Norfolk found that out Wednesday.
An avid fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks since junior high, Buss was posting on Twitter while watching the team’s National League wild-card game against the Colorado Rockies.
With the Diamondbacks clinging to a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning, they put in relief pitcher Archie Bradley.
“There’s no way a relief pitcher who’s hitting .089 should be allowed to hit,” said Buss, who works part time in the sports department at the Norfolk Daily News newspaper.
But the Diamondbacks left him in, which prompted this follow-up tweet from Buss: “If Archie Bradley plates a run, I’m getting his face tattooed on my back tomorrow.”
Sure enough, it was Bradley’s two-run triple that helped propel the Diamondbacks to a win and into the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
At this point it should be noted that Bradley does not have, to put it kindly, a handsome face in the classic sense.
“I stood up and screamed, and I threw my hat across the room. It was one of the better memories I’ll have from a sporting event. It was cool,” he said.
Then reality set in for the 2007 Pierce High School graduate.
“Almost immediately after Bradley had the hit, everybody started retweeting it and liking it like crazy. It didn’t take long for people to notice it,” Buss said. “I went to bed (that) night and didn’t think anything about it. I woke up (the next) morning and had hundreds and hundreds of responses.”
To be precise, in a 24-hour period, it got 105 replies, more than 450 retweets and more than 1,200 likes on Twitter — more attention than he ever imagined.
There was a “You better do it” message from Bradley himself. The franchise’s official Twitter account posted a potential mock-up. And a news channel out of Phoenix called for an interview.
If he actually got the tattoo, Fox Sports Arizona — the station which covers the Diamondbacks — would invite him on its postgame show with former major leaguers Brandon Webb and Mark Grace.
Several publications, including Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and the New York Daily News, had stories about the social media post.
“He (Bradley) had a response saying that I better do it. I thought, ‘Oh man, this thing got serious,’ ” Buss said.
Probably the funniest part about it all? Buss does not have a tattoo. Nor does he really want to have one now.
Instead, he will try to accomplish some good from the situation.
“He (Bradley) asked what my plan for it was. I said, ‘I don’t really want to get a tattoo. Is there a charity I can donate to instead?’ He said he’d get back to me,” Buss said. “That would be a lot less painful. A lot less embarrassing, even.”