CHICAGO — Brother Rice High School is good at baseball — and Twitter, too.
The Crusaders as of Tuesday were 10-5 and 4-0 in conference play. They usually celebrate their wins with seriously funny videos tweeted by senior Joe Alvarez, the team's student manager.
"I wish I could take credit for the antics in the interviews, but the players were the ones that decided to have fun in each video," said Alvarez, of Beverly. "I think the social media account really reflects the mentality of the team. The players like to stay loose and enjoy every moment of the season, which I think translates to them playing extremely well."
Gorman talks about today's victory. pic.twitter.com/WhIcu3auzE— BrotherRiceBaseball (@BR_Baseball) April 13, 2017
Alvarez started tweeting videos during last year's 30-game winning streak. Like this year, the videos are extremely silly — zany as players jousting behind the scenes while another player is interviewed about his performance during the game.
Head coach John McCarthy said social media has been "a great way for our kids to have fun and show off their personalities."
He also gave a ton of credit to Alvarez, saying he "has changed the game with Twitter throughout Illinois for high school baseball teams."
"Joe has done a tremendous job showcasing our student-athletes and allowing them to be creative," McCarthy said. "He continues to be innovative and push the envelope."
Ryan Kutt talks about today's victory. pic.twitter.com/hAKMUEOEyL— BrotherRiceBaseball (@BR_Baseball) April 12, 2017
Senior Shane Gorman talks about the victory over Marist. pic.twitter.com/mlHsrLexl0— BrotherRiceBaseball (@BR_Baseball) April 5, 2017
Jake Ridgway briefly talks about the victory. pic.twitter.com/L7TPaHcKGC— BrotherRiceBaseball (@BR_Baseball) April 13, 2017