One of the developing stories in the world of Major League Baseball, as we enter this new year, has to do with the lack of action and intriguing moves coming from the front offices. Winter time is, after all, supposed to be the exciting, hot stove trade/free agent signing season for teams across the land, but instead of a bunch of talking points for the talking heads, there is just...silence.
Well, for the most part. Sure, this offseason is brutally uneventful, if you’re looking at the big picture, but then again, for us Angels fans, this offseason been pretty damn amazing, albeit front loaded. Right out of the gate, in early November, Billy Eppler and crew made Justin Upton a Halo for the foreseeable future; then, we had the savvy and shrewd signing of international prospect Kevin Maitan, not to mention the Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart acquisitions, which had fans foaming at the mouth from thinking about the infield defense possibilities.
Oh, and then there was the whole Shohei Ohtani thing. That was a big deal that I’m sure many of you, myself included, are still reeling from, deep inside our souls.
We’ve had it good, to put it lightly. The rest of the league? Not so much. When there’s a wealth of baseball writers who are chomping at the bit to write baseball stories, yet there are no baseball stories unfolding, they get desperate.
This is how slow of an offseason it's been: 2 of the last 3 stories I've written have been about Blue Jays players watching or playing hockey. pic.twitter.com/Kwd6Zi40Kh— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) January 2, 2018
Hey, I don’t blame anybody who is plunging the depths of MLB players’ lives and social media accounts, looking for something...ANYTHING...to put up on their respective sites or printing presses. I guess that’s why it’s not really surprising at all to see a simple tweet from Jessica Tara Cox, who most of you know as the woman who recently became Mrs. Mike Trout, light up the interwebz.
Bravo, Jessica. A handful of MLB writers and/or content creators owe you a debt of gratitude, because you gave them a sense of purpose, even if only for a day or two. See, recently there was a quote from Jim Cantore, of The Weather Channel, speaking with MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM, in which he gushed about Mike Trout’s penchant for all things weather-related. It’s not the first time that we’ve heard Jim Cantore dish on Trout’s love of meteorology. That hobby is as old news as is Trout’s love of the Philadelphia Eagles.
When this quote from Cantore was making the rounds on Twitter, Jessica Tara Cox decided to chime in and give her man a little good-natured ribbing.
He’s about one weather map photo short of me muting his text message alerts... ♀️ #theobsessionisreal— Jessica Tara Cox (@JessTara) January 3, 2018
The rest, as they say, is blogging history. That one tweet was enough moxie and humor to fuel a thousand blog posts...or maybe just a dozen or so, but that’s close enough to a thousand, in this case. Never before has a cute, funny remark from a baseball wife to her baseball player husband taken the world by storm like this one, at least that’s the impression I get from the coverage the tweet received.
Here are all the best stories about Mike Trout’s wife’s good tweet, collected in one spot for the first time in history, so future generations will have an easier time reliving this golden MLB offseason moment.
First, there are the ones that are more or less about Mike Trout being excited for some interesting weather:
My personal favorites, however, are the ones where the writers draw their own conclusions and ideas about Mike and Jessica’s relationship, all from a solitary, innocent tweet:
OK, but even BETTER than those reactions are the ones that really ramp up the tension and drama for the newlyweds. This is how it’s done, folks:
See how it went from “Ha! Mike Trout is a weather geek and his wife got a good burn in at his expense!” to “Mike Trout’s weather obsession is absorbing his marriage!”? Please, please, please let this offseason pick up. I’m starting to worry about some of these people.