Peter Gammons’ Five Best Pocket Tweets

Baseballing Journalist Peter Gammons has had, like, seven careers. For years, he wrote for the Boston Globe, with which publication he more or less invented the “baseball notes” form; he spent over 20 years with ESPN, basically becoming synonymous with that network’s rise to sporting media domination; and, according to sources, Gammons has also worked intermittently as a George Plimpton impersonator — you know, for kids’ birthdays and stuff.

It’s not surprising, then, that — given his track record for innovation — that Gammons has taken to Twitter (under the handle @pgammo) without hesitation even as he enters the “elder statesman” phase of his life.

If you like Gammons’ work, you almost definitely will (or perhaps already do) like his Twitter feed. However, Gammons’ most notable quality as a Twitterer is his penchant for the accidental, or pocket, tweet.

Here are the five best from his timeline since this past October or so.

5. This is the sound a person with a lisp makes when he/she sleeps.

4. This one may actually not be accidental. However, I know for a fact that I’d like never again to consider what a “Wok bm” might be.

3. This one is a Roman numeral. Almost.

2. Like No. 4, this one could also be a real word. Also, it’s an example of onomatopoeia.

1. With the exception of the Spanish question mark, rarely do you see punctuation occurring at the beginning of a sentence. Surely, another instance of Gammons pushing the sportswriting envelope.

Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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Matt Klaassen
13 years ago

C’Mon, Carson. #1 is clearly a reference to the work of Edward de Bono.