Alex Presley, the newest Minnesota Twin, has certainly made a great impression so far. He was 3-4 in his first game and has been on-base often through his first few games with the Twins. He also made a great impression on me, as hundreds of people read my Justin Morneau/Alex Presley trade article, thanks to many redirects from his Baseball Reference page. Many thanks, Alex, I'm sure all those readers will become lifers.
Of course, first impressions can be deceptive. We tend to overvalue them and they tend to stick in our memories a little longer than they should. Who here remembers Clete Thomas' home run in his first game with the Twins last season? Ron Gardenhire, you may put your hand down now. With Presley, we only have that first impression to go off of. Presley wasn't a well-known MLB player or a big-time prospect. He wasn't famous in any way and he isn't from Minnesota, so we didn't care about him at all.
Now, he's on our favorite team. We need intel. We need to understand who this guy is. We need to look to those who watched him over the last years and who watched him as he developed into the player that he is today. We need to solicit the help of Pirates fans everywhere. And really, where better to look than Twitter for honest and reliable opinions.
I just searched for "Alex Presley" on Twitter. I'm not stacking the deck by looking for "Alex Presley sucks" or "Alex Presley rocks" or "Alex Presley lol" or anything like that. I will cherry-pick the tweets though. I'm just a man.
So, here's what I have learned about Alex Presley:
Alex Presley must not walk much. On Monday, Presley walked twice, which elicited a few surprised responses:
Alex Presley has walked TWICE today @cantpredictball
— Steve Richey (@BucFever422) September 2, 2013
why does Alex Presley all of a sudden know how to take walks with the Twins? ......
— Zachary Yonash (@zacharyyonash) September 2, 2013
Alex Presley was at least one person's favorite player:
Just found out that the Bucs trade for Morneau was Alex Presley. I'm so beyond ticked right now. Alex was my favorite. #heartbroken
— Danielle W (@Dani_Marie_15) September 1, 2013
Alex Presley had the 8-year-old vote:
My 8-yr-old daughter just said "awwwww" when I told her Alex Presley was traded. Officially the only person in Pgh who is disappointed
— John D (@JohnnyD92) September 1, 2013
One guy seems to have bad blood with Alex Presley for no apparent reason:
Not a pirates fan but I'm happy they got rid of Alex Presley.
— Brenden Baire5⃣⚾ (@DatDude_BB5) September 1, 2013
Alex Presley has good speed:
Kind of sucks that Alex Presley got traded because he had great speed but Justin Morneau bring a lot of power. #BucN
— Dave Young (@David12Young) August 31, 2013
Someone is watching me:
Have to imagine somewhere in Minnesota, people are photoshopping pictures of Elvis Presley and cropping Alex Presley on them.
— Daniel (@likeidk) August 31, 2013
Alex Presley fits a narrative:
Always been a fan of Alex Presley. Never the most gifted guy, but those are always the hardest workers.
— Nichael Poe (@NicholasTPoe) August 31, 2013
Some disliked Alex Presley vehemently:
Oh god you suck Alex Presley.
— Matt Shoemaker (@IsItTheShoes926) August 11, 2013
“@MLBRosterMoves: The @Pirates acquire 1B Justin Morneau from @Twins for OF Alex Presley and PTBN or cash.” @MartyWithBros "u suck Presley!"
— conor p. morrissey (@theconmantweets) August 31, 2013
Alex Presley is not a major league player. Stop it. Please.
— Chris Barron (@ChrisRBarron) August 11, 2013
More seemed to tolerate or even love Alex Presley:
NOOOOOO I LIKED ALEX PRESLEY
— Cole McKinney ™ (@Cole_Breeze02) August 31, 2013
My baby Alex Presley got traded!!!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭💔💔💔
— ⓐⓢⓗⓔⓛⓨ (@ashbanash7) August 31, 2013
actually super pissed alex presley got traded tho! im gonna miss him😭😩💔
— taylor (@taytabug_) August 31, 2013
ALEX PRESLEY, "Deep in your heart, you know i'll never let you goooo"
— Nicole Ciccarelli (@nicolelodeon29) August 31, 2013
Pirates traded my favorite player. ALEX PRESLEY. WHYY?!!!!
— Julia Korenoski (@juliakorn21) August 31, 2013
I'm so mad that they traded Alex Presley! Oh we'll I guess I hate the Pirates now. Now I like the Minnesota's team
— Belieber & a Mahomie (@rurda08) August 31, 2013
Excuse me as I cry for my babe being traded from the pirates 😭😪💔 #alexpresley #istillloveyou
— Lara Pasko (@lar_paskkk) September 1, 2013
The fact that Alex Presley is gone from Pittsburgh makes me want to cry
— Autumn Snowberger (@absnowberger44) September 1, 2013
We've learned a lot, but we'll give this guy the last word:
That's for the people who think Alex Presley sucks. You suck
— Lukas Mangery⚾ (@mangery4) June 13, 2013
So maybe we didn't learn that much about Alex Presley from the Pirates fans on Twitter. Odds are, we will form our own opinions over the years (hopefully). He may be a decent centerfielder who can hold down the fort until Aaron Hicks or Byron Buxton is ready to take over. Or, he might be a frustrating 4th outfielder who can't hold off Clete Thomas. Regardless, he is a Twin now and our fan base will be the one sending out the poorly constructed tweets going forward. I look forward to the ride.