Title: Sharpshooters: Bret Hart tweet sparks childhood memories for Borucki brothers
Date: September 21, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Blue Jays’ starter Ryan Borucki, a tweet of support he received from Bret Hart, and a brotherly bond over wrestling.
Ryan Borucki had no idea the legendary support that was behind him when he took the hill at Fenway Park. Not much of a social media user, especially on his start day, Borucki stared down one of the best offences in baseball completely unaware a childhood hero was in his corner. Shortly before first pitch, Canadian wrestling icon Bret “The Hitman” Hart had offered a show of support on Twitter.
“I’m a Jays fan. I don’t mind saying I was a little disappointed this year,” Hart told The Athletic. “I just appreciate the shout out and the fact that he was a fan. I appreciate every fan that I’ve got, especially ones that went on to become pro baseball players.”
As Borucki proceeded to throw 6.1 innings of two-run ball, his mentions filled up with people excited on his behalf. Nobody was more excited than Matt, Ryan’s older brother and long-time foe in the Borucki’s own bedroom wrestling federation; it was Matt who made sure Ryan saw the tweet once his start was over and nudged him to craft a tweet in response. Ryan was too bashful to use the opportunity to nickname his slider “The Sharpshooter,” after Hart’s famous submission hold, but after falling down a YouTube rabbit hole of Hart highlights, Ryan found the right words.