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Hanley Ramirez is no longer a Miami Marlin, and former teammate Ryan Webb cut him out of his life for good Monday by unfollowing him on Twitter, the popular social network.
The Miami Marlin relief pitcher did not cut ties with Ramirez out of bad blood, but because Ramirez was clogging his Twitter feed and obscuring the astronomy news that Webb uses Twitter to find.
"How do I stop the inflow of Hanley "I see you" pics from Dodgers fan in my twitter feed?" he asked on Monday morning. Ramirez introduced a new hand signal to Dodgers fans that uses hands to mimic binoculars.
Ramirez posted a photo of himself doing the signal, captioned "I see you!" on Saturday, and has been retweeting photos of Dodgers fans doing the same. Suffice it to say, Webb is not a fan of the gesture, which is very derivative of the "Lo Viste" signal the Marlins use.
So Webb decided to stop following Ramirez on the social network. "Just un-followed him," he tweeted later Monday afternoon. "[I] didn't notice any tweets while he was in Miami. Then all of a sudden I couldn't get through my feed."
Webb explained to the Miami Herald Monday that there is no bad blood between he and Ramirez, he just needs a clean Twitter feed "to find out is going on with the curiosity rover on Mars and the latest in particle physics."
You read that correct. The professional baseball player just professed enthusiasm for particle physics and space. That admission probably makes Webb the nerdiest jock in all of pro sports (which is admittedly a low bar to clear).
"I wasn't trying to imply anything at all," Webb continued. "I was just trying to get my NASA updates on my Twitter feed. ...I wasn't trying to be a [jerk]. I didn't mean to unfriend him as person. I don't think he's a bad guy. Hopefully, nobody takes it bad."
Ramirez has not commented on the story, though considering how little he normally uses Twitter, it is doubtful that he even noticed Webb unfollowed him.
The Herald also asked Emilio Bonifacio, who invented the Lo Viste signal, how he felt about Ramirez' "new" sign. "I found it strange," he admitted. "The first game with the Dodgers I saw him do the 'Lo Viste.' Then he changed it. It doesn't matter. It's all for fun in the end."
Ramirez and the Dodgers will visit Miami for a three-game series starting on August 10.