1984: Jeff Passan SILENCED by ESPN after he ruined Ben Verlander with Greatest Tweet of All Time
ESPN baseball reporter and beacon of light in the darkness Jeff Passan has been silenced by ESPN after wrecking Ben Verlander in a Twitter thread. Sadly, he ended up deleting the tweet, but the legend will live on both on the timeline and in this blog.
Passan tweeted an apology, but he was surely forced by his corporate overlords at The Mouse Company:
If you’re sitting there wondering what he could have tweeted to merit this apology, the answer should be nothing. He should have just been allowed to celebrate a KO victory.
Instead, the following Twitter thread got him in trouble with Mickey Mouse. ESPN had to step in and make him delete this perfect exchange.
Passan fired the first shot across Verlander’s bow:
Verlander, clearly tired of being known primarily as “Justin’s Brother,” lashed out with a height joke:
Little did he know, he opened the door for El Jefe to drop the hammer:
I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely plugged into the baseball media landscape. Even so, I’ve long been on the record as a Jeff Passan enjoyer.
This tweet was genuinely the Greatest Tweet of All Time. Even our own Victor Williams – a football guy – knew what a banger it was.
I hate ESPN, man. They let Malika Andrews go on Stephen A. Smith’s show and essentially spit in his face while they hold her up as some sort of champion. Meanwhile, they treat their top baseball reporter with the same level of contempt a kindergarten teacher gives the kid in class with constantly sticky hands.
Also, “offensive to many” is a wholly inaccurate statement drummed up by soulless executives of The Mouse Company . Quite literally everyone (possibly even the target of his wrath) thought the tweet was one of the funniest moments of the MLB season.
Instead, we had it ripped away by the gloved hands of Mickey himself. You know why that mouse wears gloves? To hide the blood of innocents that has soaked his hands, that’s why.
I truly hope that Passan be allowed to express himself more freely. He certainly doesn’t need my protection, but I will storm Bristol, CT to defend his right to roast nepotism hires on Twitter, regardless of what that RAT in Florida thinks.