It turns out that the initial word of the signing was leaked by Murphy’s daughter to her daycare teachers, ended up on Twitter, and from there was passed around until professional reporters confirmed the news.
The first tweet about the news may have come from Matt McClelland, a self-proclaimed Texas Rangers fan, on Tuesday afternoon:
David Murphy to the Indians? Pilgrims just got another thanksgiving guest.
— Matt McClelland (@MattMcClelland) November 19, 2013
McClelland may work at the daycare where Murphy’s daughter goes, because he was cited as blogger/writer Jamie Kelly’s source. Kelly is the one who kicked the rumor into high gear with this series of tweets throughout the afternoon/evening.
At first she was cautious with her reporting: