All-Star Beef: The Oakland Athletics vs Smash Mouth is America’s next great Twitter rivalry

Just as the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians starts to heat up, a new baseball rivalry was born last night on Twitter: The Oakland Athletics vs Smash Mouth.

It all started when San Francisco Chronicle writer John Shea noted the unexpected rise of Coco Crisp from disgruntled Athletic to key contributor in the Indians’ playoff run. “Coco Crisp goes from accusing A’s of benching him to prevent $13M option from vesting to hitting key RBI single for Indians in World Series,” Shea tweeted.

The San Jose-born Smash Mouth voiced their frustration with the A’s, calling them a joke and expressing frustration of many fans in the Bay Area. But it wasn’t long before the team’s official Twitter account took notice, telling the pop group that no, they can’t be friends.

From there, things got heated pretty quickly.

But Smash Mouth weren’t backing down, calling out the team for their usual frugality, and, well, Smash Mouth didn’t specifically mention the Josh Donaldson trade but let’s all just admit it’s still fresh on everyone’s minds. How’s that Franklin Barreto guy been doing in the minors?

Even A’s reliever Sean Doolittle got involved. But he blew the save.

The A’s then went in for the kill, bringing the ’90s into the discussion. We’re shocked they didn’t call Shrek to come out of the bullpen.

Smash Mouth tried to keep the smack limited to baseball talk. But the A’s weren’t having it. They said Smash Mouth have no fans — this from a team that finished 29th out of 30 in 2016 MLB attendance, behind only the Tampa Bay Rays. According to OddsShark, they also finished the season with the 28th best offense in baseball.

So what was that about a lack of hits and fans?

Smash Mouth tried to point out they had a hit in 2006. And they just packed Boston Common for Outside The Box fest, so there’s that, too.

Support on either side of the battle was a bit hard to figure out, but things seemed to have quieted down… for now.