By Annalece Montgomery
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Last week, Sport Techie published an article about what happens when you end up with the old phone number of somebody with star power. To get you up to speed, Giana Manzi of Rhode Island recently woke up to a flurry of text messages about an interview with the Texas Rangers. Except the messages were intended for Rocco Baldelli who had recently been reported to be interviewing with the team prior to accepting a position with the Minnesota Twins.
The author of the article, Joe Lemire, shared his own run-in to this issue when he tried to reach out to Jerry Dipoto upon news that he was the new GM for the Seattle Mariners. The current owner of the phone number shared with Lemire that when someone from the Associated Press reached out for a statement, their son provided a bogus one. In the spirit of due diligence, the owner reached back out prior to the publication going to print. They didn’t want to see a reporter lose their job.
So what do we think the fans would do if they had inherited a phone number from a legend like our Chief Strategic Advisor Joe Montana or Beast Mode himself, Marshawn Lynch? Well, we’re not calling our fans trolls by any means, but we have a sneaking suspicion that more than a few of you would have a little fun in a situation like this. Some of you may have a bit of a conscious like the person who ended up with Jerry Dipoto’s old number and want to have some good karma thrown your way. Would you milk the opportunity for all it’s worth? Would you have a little fun before breaking the news to your new pen pals that you aren’t the person they think you are? Would you play nice and let them down right off the bat? Or would you just change your number in an effort to not be bothered anymore? We want to know fans, what would you do?!
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