The Edwin Jackson Campaign Has Begun

Last night as I was going to bed I noticed a conversation starting up on Twitter. Brian from Raise the Jolly Roger (@rtjr) and Jon from The “Mc” Effect (@McEffect) discovered Edwin Jackson’s Twitter account. The two suggested sending messages to Jackson to convince him to sign with the Pirates.

Other fans joined in, and the Twitter hash tag #EJaxtoBucs was born. A search of the hash tag will show you all of the messages sent to Jackson. And it’s not just Pirates fans that are getting in on the action. Pirates players themselves are also joining in.

That started last night when Joel Hanrahan responded to a question on where Edwin Jackson will end up:

@EJ36 @toriihunter48 @RawlingsFstore would look awfully good in some black and gold!!!

Pirates starter James McDonald also joined in on the action this morning:

I hope @EJ36 is a bucco next year

Jackson responded to the campaign this morning:

Thanks to the #BucsNation for the support It is very much appreciated!

Will the campaign work? It’s very unlikely. Jackson is represented by Scott Boras, which means it’s going to take a lot more than a Twitter campaign to get him to Pittsburgh. But the campaign is eye opening, not only showing how many Pirates fans want Edwin Jackson, but also showing that some of the players want him as well. I think I’ve written a thing or two this off-season about why the Pirates should add Jackson. After this campaign they should at least make a call on Jackson, if they haven’t already.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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