A “Bring your dog to the park” night is a common promotion for baseball teams during the dog days of the summer, but last week, the Tulsa Drillers used the opportunity to make the kind of petty event perfect for a viral tweet.
The Drillers’ promotion night included a visit from a giant boa constrictor, and the Twitter account used a short video of the snake to send out the tweet “Come to ONEOK Field tonight and meet Kevin Durant! [snake emoji].”
The tweet received over 3,900 retweets and more than 11 thousands likes before it was removed from the account, possibly because it was being spammed by Durant’s various social media accounts used for defending his honor.
The team included a new post with a screenshot of the original tweet and a custom Drillers jersey with Kevin Durant’s number made to look like the Thunder’s alternate “statement” jersey.
Pettiness fuels Chicken-Fried News, and it’s always fun to get in another dig at Durant for joining the team the Thunder had down 3-1 in the 2016 Western Conference Finals before Klay Thompson’s historic game six saved their season.
While Durant has gone on to win two titles with the Warriors and has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest forwards in NBA history, his support nationally has taken a hit for creating the modern equivalent of the Monstars from Space Jam, especially with the recent offseason addition of DeMarcus Cousins giving them five All-NBA caliber players.
As the Thunder franchise has improved with the shrewd 2018 offseason, it only makes it easier to continue to be petty and feel good about it.