It started as a rally cry for Detroit Tigers fans. Before game 2 of the ALCS against the Red Sox, Michigan's Lt. Governor, Brian Calley, Tweeted: #Detroit just has a toughness #Boston could never understand.
"I thought somebody had to defend our favorite sons, the Boston Red Sox," said Vermont Lt. Governor Phil Scott.
Scott, a faithful Sox fan, tweeted back: Never count out #BostonStrong.
"It's nerve wracking because I want to make sure I do it right," Scott said. With more than 1,000 followers and close to 500 Tweets, Scott still calls himself a Twitter novice. "I put sentences together that end in periods. It's a bit difficult for me to get used to the slang," he said.
But Scott says the cyber spat -- all in good fun of course -- highlights how the social media tool can be used to spark a conversation watched by thousands halfway across the country. The two Republican leaders have only met once in person. Scott says with every tweet -- serious or silly -- his skills get sharper. "I have to admit right around the 5th inning I was having my doubts. And wondering what I was going to tweet next," he said.
Luckily for Scott, a stunning grand slam by David Ortiz in the 8th inning spared Vermont's second in command from having to craft a 140 character concession. "He saved the day. It was a great ending and it's typical of what Boston does -- they dig deep and come out swinging," he said.
As for future predictions, Scott isn't tweeting just yet, but jokes his political career hinges on a big Red Sox win. "My Vermont Everyday Jobs Tour is depending on them wining and getting to the World Series because I am going to be the tour director for the first game at Fenway with Milne Travel, so I am counting on them succeeding over the next few games," Scott said.
And if this Twitter battle had a score, there'd be a "W" in Scott's column. Even Michigan's Lt. Governor had to recognize the win, tweeting: Got to hand it to the @redsox. Great comeback. See you in #Detroit where @JustinVerlander is waiting.
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Two New Hampshire communities damaged by storms are getting federal help. Lincoln will get more than $4.5 million for a bridge repair from Tropical Storm Irene. FEMA also awarded Lebanon more than $3More >>
Two New Hampshire communities damaged by storms are getting federal help.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-03-09 14:09:58 GMT
This morning, Channel 3 has learned there will NOT be a bus strike Monday morning in Chittenden County. CCTA officials told us in a statement that after 19 hours of negotiations that went into the morningMore >>
This morning, Channel 3 has learned there will NOT be a bus strike Monday morning in Chittenden County.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-03-09 14:09:06 GMT
A Ken Burns documentary featuring Vermont students will have its premiere in Brattleboro. The film is called "The Address". It follows the 50 boys at the Greenwood School in Putney who have learningMore >>
A Ken Burns documentary featuring Vermont students will have its premiere in Brattleboro.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 10:03 AM EDT2014-03-09 14:03:58 GMT
New Hampshire police say a man is recovering after he accidentally shot himself. Claremont police tell us that the man was cleaning his gun Saturday night when it went off. He was taken to the hospitalMore >>
New Hampshire police say a man is recovering after he accidentally shot himself.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-03-09 13:59:53 GMT
This towering ice fortress is dazzling visitors to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. "Yeah, this is a wow moment," says visitor Millie Gabriel. "It's an incredible feeling to see people really light upMore >>
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Sunday, March 9 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-03-09 13:53:41 GMT
When the Wild Center in Tupper Lake was looking at maple education programs, they hit a bit of a snag. "I took a survey of the 31 acres here at the museum and we only had one maple tree on the property,"More >>
The Community Maple program has been going for three years now, allowing people to take the sap from their backyard and learn how to turn it into syrup.
Sunday, March 9 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-03-09 13:44:12 GMT
We've got some tasty ideas for this second Sunday in March! PANCAKE BREAKFAST This year is the 20th annual Franklin Fire Dept. Pancake breakfast at the Franklin Central School. They serve more than 2,000More >>
We've got some tasty ideas for this second Sunday in March!More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 9:49 PM EST2014-03-09 02:49:49 GMT
The Burlington Yoga Conference began Saturday at UVM's Davis Center. The event gives participants a chance to connect the mind body and soul through workshops they may not have access to on a daily basis.More >>
The Burlington Yoga Conference began 6 years ago and has become a staple in the community.More >>