Never underestimate screenshots and their ability to capture hacked professional sports teams’ social media pages.
The New York Yankees “announced” on its Facebook page Thursday “we regret to inform our fans that Derek Jeter will miss the rest of the season with sexual reassignment surgery. He promises to come back stronger than ever in 2013 as Minnie Mantlez.”
Of course the Yankees have removed the post since and an apology statement has been posted in its place, “We apologize for anything inappropriate that appeared on the Yankees’ Facebook page. The Yankees’ Facebook page is controlled by Major League Baseball Advanced Media. They are looking into the false post in cooperation with Facebook.”
Deadspin has also found numerous other team accounts that have been hacked since Thursday afternoon.
The Chicago White Sox page wrote, “Everyone knows President Obama is a die hard ChiSox Fan. Unfortunately, we’re voting for Romney #MuslimPresident.”
The White Sox also apologized to fans on their Facebook page.
The Washington Nationals wrote, “We’re going back to Montreal. SEE YA SUCKERS!!!!!!!”
The Nationals released a post on their page following the hacking that said, “You may have seen a post earlier today exhibiting a questionable (at best) degree of fandom. Rest assured, this was not us. … We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. Go Nats!”
Other teams simply deleted the hacker’s post, but not before screenshots were captured.
The San Francisco Giants posted on their Facebook page, “Wow, the Chick-fil-A guy sure is an asshole.”
The hacked Miami Marlins wrote, “Just a reminder tonight is FREE PITBULL NIGHT at Marlins Park. The first 10,000 fans ages 18 and under will receive a free rescued fighting Pitbull courtesy of the Dade County Animal Rescue League.”
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim said, “Check out the sweet bazongas on the blond in section 27, row 3!”
Well played, hackers, well played.