Over the line? C.J. Wilson publishes Mike Napoli’s phone number on Twitter

David Brown
Big League Stew

Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson took to Twitter on Sunday to say hello to a former teammate and wish him a happy St. Patrick's Day.

Oh, and to give out that teammate's phone number for all to see.

Apparently as revenge for some mild trash talk, Wilson asked noted Irishman Mike Napoli of the Texas Rangers to give him a call at his "new" phone number. But the number broadcast by Wilson was really Napoli's. As of early Monday morning, if you call Napoli's number — as many obviously have — you won't be able to leave a message because his mailbox is full.

Aw, he didn't.

Oh, yes he did.

As hard as it is to believe, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Napoli is not happy with Wilson:

"I don't even know why he did it," Napoli said. "You don't do that. I am not taking it as a prank.

"You know, I haven't even talked to him since the end of last season. We don't have that type of relationship."

Not cool, Wilson. Not cool at all.

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Wilson and Napoli made the World Series last season as Rangers teammates, but the pitcher signed as a free agent over the winter with the Angels. He has about 116,000 followers on Twitter. Wilson deleted the tweet in question after awhile— no matter that it already had been re-tweeted a bunch — and added a follow-up:

Even?! Wilson definitely overreached for revenge here. Under the Geneva Conventions of pranks, Napoli has the right to give away something of Wilson's. His phone number, for example. A preferred email. The coordinates of a secret box hidden under some rocks by a shady tree. After all, having to change your digits is no big deal to C.J.:

A person's wealth doesn't make it any less of a pain in the butt to change a phone number, Ceej. And then there's this guilt trip:

Like being told by his parents not to play ball in the house, Wilson didn't like this angle much:

He's getting touchy. Good. He deserves a little discomfort for his unoriginal and not-that-funny prank. Besides, anyone can tweet a phone number. Does Wilson know that Jered Weaver already trod over this territory last year when he put Mike Trout's number on the scoreboard at Tempe during Angels spring training? At least Weaver got Trout's number programmed on a scoreboard. That took some HTML, or at least knowing a guy.

Given MLB's recently announced social media policy, it will be interesting to see how much Wilson gets fined for this breach of protocol. Ah, he's rich. He can pay it.

One final thought: If somebody tweeted Jeff Mathis' phone number, would anyone call?

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