Oops! Abbott Congratulates Astros’ Victory On Twitter – Then The Team Collapses
Here's a new "oops" moment for a Texas governor: prematurely celebrating a Houston Astros playoff victory.
With Houston up four runs and six outs away Monday from finishing off Kansas City, the office of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted congratulations to the Astros for advancing to the AL Championship Series. The Royals then rallied in the eighth inning and forced a decisive Game 5 with a 9-6 victory.
The tweet has since been deleted.
Abbott, who is an avid Twitter user, responded to the gaffe by telling Astros fans to unfollow his office and stick to his personal Twitter account. He tweeted: "No predictions. Just support."
Abbott spokesman John Wittman said the deleted tweet was sent by a staffer and declined further comment.
Game 5 is Wednesday at Kansas City.
Texas’ other professional baseball team had a meltdown, too. Josh Donaldson, Chris Colabello and Kevin Pillar homered as the Toronto Blue Jays outscored the Texas Rangers 8-4 Monday in Arlington to force a fifth game in the AL division series.
Donaldson and Colabello hit first-inning blasts before Pillar added a solo shot and three RBIs. Rangers starter and loser Derek Holland was rocked for six runs and five hits in just two-plus innings as the Jays sent the series back to Toronto for a winner-take-all on Wednesday.