Former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells and current Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander had an epic friendly back and forth on social media yesterday which resulted in a Verlander mic drop at the expense of V-Dub.
Rob Friedman of Pitching Ninja posted a video of Justin Verlander buckling the knees of New York Mets outfielder Juan Lagares with a filthy curveball earlier this week in Grapefruit League action. Vernon Wells took it upon himself to get in the action commenting on Friedman’s tweet with the following:
“It’s a matter of perspective…You see filthy curveball…I see a hanging, get me over breaking ball that needs to be in the lap of someone 37 rows deep in left center!”
Fair enough, Vernon wasn’t impressed with the Verlander yakker. Interestingly enough, Wells actually hit .320 versus Verlander in his career going 8 for 25 with three doubles and three strikeouts.
This is where things get interesting, Verlander dug through the archives and retorted with this gem of a clip of him buckling Wells with you guessed it, a filthy curveball. Verlander also chimed in with “What about this hanging, get me over?? (crying emoji) My perspective… you’re on the heater and can’t pull the trigger. #buckled.
In good fun, the MLB veterans didn’t stop there as Wells attempted to rebound from the roasting.
“Yes!! Love it (crying emoji) Perspective… the hitter’s mindset has to be “hang it & bang it”… actually doing it… whole different conversation. Love that you found that though. You won that pitch!”
“Had to give him credit… great part about this game is even through bucklings and occasional hits… Respect (Fist bump emoji)”
Wells then screenshotted a text message conversation the two had following the Twitter onslaught where Verlander admitted it took him a while to find the clip and it may have been the only time he buckled the former Jays slugger.
Knee bucklings and curveballs aside this was absolute social media gold, however, at the end of the day, Wells needs to tip his hat to the crafty hurler because he definitely won this round.