PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- An autocorrected word turned what was otherwise a mundane tweet into viral material for social media Monday night.
At 9:09 p.m. on Monday, ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez made a tweet on his verified Twitter page about a delay for the Arizona Diamondbacks-Texas Rangers game. At the time, a powerful monsoon storm was battering parts of the Valley.
Yes. Gomez wrote, in the tweet, that a baboon went through town and overloaded the grid, knocking some lights out.
Seven minutes later, Gomez issued a correction, blaming the first tweet on autocorrect.
Haboob. Damn autocorrect.— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) July 31, 2018
What was otherwise a mundane tweet about a power outage at Chase Field then went viral. As of 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Gomez's baboon tweet had 1,800 retweets, and 250 comments, including comments from the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Phoenix Zoo.
Those crazy Arizona baboons...— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) July 31, 2018
🤔 Wasn’t us, fam. pic.twitter.com/GkuQ7ANBAq— Phoenix Zoo (@PhoenixZoo) July 31, 2018
Even the Phoenix Suns, whose mascot is a gorilla, weighted in.
By the end of the game, with the Dbacks down in score, they turned the baboon into a rallying cry.
Dbacks still lost, however, 9-5 against the Rangers.
From Monday night and into Tuesday morning, Twitter users weighed in on the unfortunate autocorrect. Gomez himself made light of the tweet, even suggesting that the Diamondbacks sign the baboon.
@dbacks should sign the baboon. Looked like he had a power arm.— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) July 31, 2018
We'll have to see if we have enough bananas in the budget.— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) July 31, 2018
Ultimately, to prevent a similar mistake in the future, some Twitter users had a suggestion for Gomez.
That wouldn’t have happened if you had just called it a dust storm like the rest of us— Steveng (@stevenghinkle) July 31, 2018
baboons haboobs dust storms are a frequent summer occurrence in Phoenix.