Matt Garza deal: Anatomy of a Twitter fail

For those of you who didn’t get up at 6:00 am yesterday so that you could continue to hit “refresh” on Twitter and your email account, here’s what happened with Matt Garza, the Chicago Cubs, and the Texas Rangers  yesterday:angry-twitter-bird

9:05 am: “A deal is imminent! Don’t step away from your computer!” says everyone on Twitter.

9:30 am: “We’ll have a deal within the hour!” says everyone on Twitter.

10:30 am: (Julie drums her fingers on her desk, taps her foot, keeps hitting “refresh”)

11:00 am: Julie finally decides to bug her “source.” “Any idea what’s going on?” she asks.

11:05 am: Julie gets this from her “source:”


11:06 am: Julie imagines all the horrible things she’d like to do to her “source.” Vows to stop listening to said “source.” (Oddly enough, my source’s “Fuck if I know” message turned out to be the most accurate one of the day).

11:07 am t0 6 pm(ish): “We have inside information! Don’t step away form your computers! WE HAVE A SOURCE!! Listen to us! LOOOOOOVE UUUUUSSSS!” says every Cubs blogger on Twitter.

6:08 pm: “I’m calling this one. Time of death of deal, 6:08 pm CT,” said Julie.

As it turns out, the deal isn’t exactly “dead,” as both sides are still reportedly trying to move forward, but they’ve definitely moved into the “open relationship” phase of the deal, with both sides being free to see other people. It sounds like both sides backed off after the Cubs didn’t like the medical records of one of the players coming back for Garza, but details are still a bit hazy at this point. Per Gordon Wittenmeyer, a “mystery team” jumped into the fray at the 11th hour, but no word on who that team was or if negotiations with that team continue.

There’s no reason to think that Matt Garza won’t still be moved (he jumped on Twitter yesterday) to say that the Cubs told his agent he was going to be traded), but the air has gone out of the “Matt Garza deal imminent!” energy that was on Twitter yesterday.

Yesterday’s lesson? Don’t announce a trade until it’s actually happened, and the more you tweet about how good your sources are, the less likely you are to be right.

The Cubs are back in Denver tonight. We’ll have a game thread and more on Junior Lake’s big debut later on this afternoon.

21 thoughts on “Matt Garza deal: Anatomy of a Twitter fail

  1. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I heard the name of the mystery teams owner is Moreno…

  2. sloanpeterson2 says:

    And now the A’s are in on it….

  3. juliedicaro says:

    So the deal that fell through was Garza + another Cubs player for Olt (3B) Sardinas (Ss) Ramirez (rhp) and Edwards (rhp). The Cubs didn’t like something in the medical records, so pulled back. The As are apparently in the mix now.

  4. cubsluver22 says:

    This stupid ass new look to this site has made this blog fucking idiotic to navigate. Says my pw is wrong then says its right. Keeps sending me to other stories around aerys. It’s nearly as shitty as sbnation and not worth the hassle. Guess there’s a reason why bleacher nation and cubsden get all the traffic.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      That was completely uncalled for. Mark is working through tweaking the issues on this site this weekend. But it was nice of you to toss an IED on your way out.

    2. juliedicaro says:

      And by the way, being the Community Manager for ChicagoNow, of which CubsDen is a part, we’re switching our system to be almost exactly like that one.

    3. gravedigger says:

      Feel free to email me directly (farrellm -at-sign- gmail -dot- com) and I can help you with the password issue.

      We’re still working through stuff. We appreciate peoples’ patience as we do it. I do this in what little spare time I have (I get no income from this and have an intense, high pressure day job), and have no help doing it. So, as people report issues, I’m trying my best to work through them. Thanks for your feedback.

      1. juliedicaro says:

        Thanks for all your hard work, Mark.

        Remember, Mark and I built this site from scratch.We both have other jobs (lots of other sports bloggers don’t) and we don’t have support on stand-by 24/7 every time something goes wrong. We have to figure issues out ourselves. Like I said, I’m a community manager for ChicagoNow, and believe me, we have nothing like the level of tech support that I’m able to give CN bloggers every day.

        I’m in awe of what Mark’s been able to accomplish on his own. I hope that people will stick around while we work through some of the quirks and get everything running the way we want it to. The site as it existed before we switched over, wasn’t tenable any more. We’ll be able to add lots of new features thanks to new, streamlined code Mark came up with.

        Thanks for your patience.

        1. johnnywest333 says:

          Juile, Mark and Carl are doing a fine job. Keep up the Great work we appreciate your efforts..

          I enjoy reading Cubs Den and John Arguello is a bud of mine but this blog is where I spend my time. They are different types of blogs. Its not necessary to hound on the creators of LOHO it’s a luxury to have a spot to chill, just ask Garza :P

          1. juliedicaro says:

            I adore John and I’m lucky enough to get to work with him often. We have very different blogs though. We’ve talked often about where we both fit in to the Cubs blogosphere and we know we don’t have the same readers, for the most part. We’re not in competition with each other.

        2. sloanpeterson2 says:

          You are stuck with me and my luddite posting skills…

  5. johnnywest333 says:

    Lake with a walk then caught stealing in his first at bat. Meh.

  6. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Watching the lightning at the Dodgers/Nationals game and hoping it hits Lyons &co. They kerp mouthing that he Dodgers hould now go after Garza…

    1. johnnywest333 says:

      Barney did get a butt slap from Sveum. Does that count?

  7. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Just finished watching one of the worst umpired games, in time to watch Castro tango with the base runner…

  8. juliedicaro says:

    The #Cubes are back in time for the second half.

  9. juliedicaro says:

    So that was three hours of my life I’ll never get back,

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