Have you heard about Darin Ruf yet? He’s hit 29 home runs so far this season for the Phillies Double-A affiliate in Reading. Including the one he hit last night, he’s now homered in five straight games, and was his 11th homer in 13 games. That’s a lot of power.
Ruf, drafted by the Phils in 2009 out of Creighton University in Nebraska, has been somewhat divisive among Phillies fans: some see him as a hot bat with a chance to make it to the majors and some see him as a complete and total defensive liability.
Anyway, last night on Twitter, @loctastic and @atomicruckus were having an intelligent and informed discussion about Ruf:
Fairly innocuous stuff. Loc then compares him to oft-maligned former-Phils prospect Matt Rizzotti, a guy who could mash the shit out of the ball but couldn’t play defense and never really found a place at to fit in at any level of the Phils’ organization.
So, to sum that up, Loc and Baumann compare Darin Ruf to a guy that was a defensive liability and had issues staying at a weight that the Phillies wanted him at. Eventually, the team dealt him to the Twins organization for cash considerations.
Then, out of nowhere, comes this tweet:
That was the very first tweet that @cjruf made on that account, an account which was early this morning right before posting that tweet and registered in the name “Cortland Ruf”.
Things got a little testier with CJ’s second tweet:
Kinda weird considering these dudes weren’t really bashing Darin at all, just objectively criticizing him.
So who is this mystery person who registered a twitter account just to defend the honor of a Double-A firstbaseman?
Pictured: Darin Ruf and my hand
According to a college bio, Darin Ruf has a brother named C.J. Confusingly, Darin’s middle name is also Cortland, but a quick Google search of “C.J. Ruf” turns up this Facebook page of a C.J. Ruf that went to Nebraska Methodist College, and went to the same hometown (Omaha) and the same high school (Westside High) as Darin. Plus, look at that punum: there’s no way CJ and Darin aren’t brothers. They look exactly the same!
To rule out the possibility that it was actually Darin trolling under a his middle name, I doublechecked the publicly available records from Nebraska Methodist College. Turns out that a Cortland Ruf from Westside High in Omaha made the Dean’s List in Spring 2012. Good for you, Cortland J. Ruf!
So, there you have it. Case closed. Darin Ruf’s little brother created a twitter account specifically to defend his big brother from people he thought were saying mean things about him on the internet. That’s actually pretty adorable.