On April 14, 2009, a tweet surfaced from an account with the username @JedHoyer. The tweet simply read, “spanking it.”
— Jed Hoyer (@JedHoyer_) April 14, 2009
There wasn’t another tweet from the account until November 3, 2016, when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series: “Aaahhhhh! Anyone have a hand towel?”
Aaahhhhh! Anyone have a hand towel?
— Jed Hoyer (@JedHoyer_) November 3, 2016
Jed Hoyer is the general manager of the Cubs, and doesn’t have access to this Twitter account. When the first tweet emerged in 2009, Hoyer was an assistant general manager for the Boston Red Sox.
In 2015, Hoyer told Chicago sports radio station 670 The Score that “knows the guilty party that set it up,” and it was “set up as a joke.”
“I’m aware of it, yeah,” Hoyer said. “It was set up as a joke, as you might imagine, and it’s sort of taken on a life of its own. I know the guilty party that set it up. I have no access to that account, so I have no ability to change it.”
In Chicago, Hoyer works under president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, and in Boston, Hoyer worked under general manager Theo Epstein. They’re close friends and began working together in Boston in 2002. So connect the dots and you can understand why many have suspected that the account is run by Epstein.
On Thursday, Hoyer took over the Cubs’ official Twitter account for an hour, and he immediately addressed the mysterious Twitter account in this video from Mesa, AZ.
The real Jed Hoyer. pic.twitter.com/EyOMrvy0vU
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 22, 2018
“I’ve gotten so many questions about the @JedHoyer account, I felt like I couldn’t start this without talking about it. So, I just wanted to let you guys know I’ve hired a team of cyber security experts. They’re on the case. They’ve been looking into this ever since we won the World Series. We have not figured out who did it this time, or who did it last time. I think the only way we’ll ever find out is to win the World Series again. But I want you guys to know we’re on the case, we’re gonna solve the problem, and whoever is doing this is gonna be stopped.”
It’s definitely Theo.