It's not often I get to mix my love of the beloved Chicago Cubs -- who ended the regular Major League Baseball season with the most wins of any team. And yes, I know that that means nothing for the post-season, but when you haven't won a World Series in 108 years, you start at Step One and appreciate what you're given.. -- and presidential politics.
I'm a little late to this story, but better late with this one than never.
It turns out that during the Presidential Debate last week, a lot of Donald Trump supporters got upset with the apparently Really Meanie questions asked to the favorite candidate by the moderator (even though right after the debate Trump himself offered praise -- only much later realizing how badly he'd done, and so he had to be critical) and so they began bombarding the host throughout the debate with angry tweets. The problem is that many of them -- who proudly embrace the nickname of "deplorables -- had difficulty differentiating between NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt...and Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester.
Just to add some clarification, Jon Lester is expected to be the starting pitcher for the Cubs when the team has its first post-season game on Friday. On the other hand, Lester Holt will likely be behind the anchor desk that same night.
[BobTip: When Twitter names seem somewhat similar and have an overlap with another, they also tend to have little pictures of the person to help identify them!)
The best part of the angry tweet barrage is how many of them Jon Lester answered. And not only answered, but responded really politely. He has a reputation for this, though, and some experience. When Lester (Jon, that is) left the Boston Red Sox a couple of years ago and instead signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs, he was hit by a storm of furious tweets by upset Red Sox fans. He famously not only replied to most of them, but was exceedingly polite about it.
Eventually you have to figure that he is a really polite person -- who gets a kick out of this sort of thing.
This all may have gone unnoticed unless Randall J. Saunders, who is a Cubs fan who follows Jon Lester's tweets, saw that something quite odd was amiss.
Here are just a few examples.
For the record, the next Presidential Debate is going to be moderated by Anderson Cooper of CNN. Donald Trump fans might want to prepare first (even if their candidate doesn't) and double-check before sending out their angry tweets that are sure to come that they don't write mistakenly to Bradley Cooper or Anthony Anderson.
And to Trumpets getting ready to send your angry tweets -- remember: Anderson Cooper is the white guy with very white hair. You can't miss him, he'll be the one sitting down behind the desk facing the candidates.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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