At 38 years of age, Scott Atchison is one of the older players on the Indians. More than his actual date of birth though, Atch looks the part. And so it was that late Tuesday night, a number of Atchison's younger teammates took to Twitter, to have a bit of fun at his expense:
Corey Kluber (@CKluber) was the most active participant in the affair, and he started things off:
Scott Atchison's rookie card pic.twitter.com/lICLRnwjo5— Corey Kluber (@CKluber) July 23, 2014
The Klubot than revealed an exclusive quote from one of the best hitters in franchise history:
Shoeless Joe Jackson was quoted saying "toughest pitcher I ever faced was Scott Atchison"— Corey Kluber (@CKluber) July 23, 2014
Soon Josh Tomlin (@jtomlin43) decided to get in on the action:
Scott Atchison's first career strikeout pic.twitter.com/2UPq5JeZpW— Josh Tomlin (@jtomlin43) July 23, 2014
...and then it was Lonnie Chisenhall's (@BIGLON8) turn:
And things went on from there...
Abner Doubleday is credited with inventing baseball...it was actually Scott Atchison— Corey Kluber (@CKluber) July 23, 2014
To be fair, Atchison did have as much to do with the invention of baseball as Doubleday.
This is how Scott Atchison rode to his prom pic.twitter.com/PcUlWCX0zF— Corey Kluber (@CKluber) July 23, 2014
That's a pretty sweet ride, if you ask me.
That one too.
Scott Atchison version of HD. pic.twitter.com/5z9A3hzn1a— Josh Tomlin (@jtomlin43) July 23, 2014
You can get all three channels on that TV!
On July 8, 1776 Scott Atchison rung the Liberty Bell— Corey Kluber (@CKluber) July 23, 2014
I can't quite say why, but that one might be my favorite of the entire sequence.
John Axford (@JohnAxford) was a late arrival, but he joined in too:
He forgot to mention that it was always in the snow.
The only watch Scott Atchison has ever owned. pic.twitter.com/6cb7m2z8F9— Josh Tomlin (@jtomlin43) July 23, 2014
It's too bad modern jerseys don't have space for a pocket watch.
At that point, the team's official account (@Indians) piled on:
Scott Atchison auditioned as an extra on The Golden Girls in the mid-80s; was instead hired as a consultant pic.twitter.com/rthWaiDRt8— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 23, 2014
If I were Atchison, I'd file a grievance against the team for that one.
Scott Atchison still completes his daily crossword puzzle with ink & quill. Just ask @BIGLON8— Corey Kluber (@CKluber) July 23, 2014
I like that while Kluber is the one making this joke, Lonnie is presented as the clear authority on the topic of Atchison's crossword habit.
I had a life-changing experience on a Carnival cruise too, but that's a different story, for a different audience.
There is no proven theory how dinosaurs became extinct...until Scott Atchison lets the rest of the world in on his little secret— Corey Kluber (@CKluber) July 23, 2014
And because one dinosaur joke deserves another...
(Yes, I know not all fossils were dinosaurs)
Atchison, as befitting a man of his maturity, took it all in stride: "It's all in good fun. I guess if they weren't making fun of me it would mean they didn't like me. There's some good stuff out there. They had some good ones on their own and some other people had some good ones, too."
We can only hope Atchison sets up a Twitter account of his own and gets some payback on those whippersnappers.