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Brandon McCarthy and his Twitter posse pummel MLB analyst Mitch Williams after dumb comment

Mike Oz
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There's an old saying about not picking fights with men who buy ink by the barrel. In the era of Twitter, it's also wise never tick off a baseball player with almost 120,000 Twitter followers and razor-sharp wit.

We're talking about Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy, baseball's pied piper of 140 characters. His latest foe is MLB Network analyst and former pitcher Mitch Williams, who during a Wednesday broadcast used McCarthy's 2012 injury — in which McCarthy was hit in the head by a line drive — as fodder to make a point about why pitchers should pitch inside.

McCarthy suffered a skull fracture, brain contusion and epidural hemorrhage from the incident, not exactly what you'd deem a "teachable moment." It was, in fact, a very scary moment that didn't need to be boiled down to simple cause-and-effect — not last year, not now.

So McCarthy, as he was certainly justified, fired back via Twitter at the pitcher formerly known as "Wild Thing:"

That would be enough to give McCarthy a KO in this word joust, but then he decided to imagine Williams' basic point in other, non-baseball scenarios:

And wouldn't you know it? McCarthy created a meme. Many of his followers jumped on board.

In the end, McCarthy and his Twitter posse made Mitch Williams a trending topic Wednesday night. Micro-vindication, you might call it.

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