Orioles's prospect Adley Rustchman unexpectedly became a popular name in the world of reality television in July when his comment on "The Bachelor" star Madison Prewett's Instagram went viral.
Prewett had asked her followers to finish a "roses are red, violets are blue" riddle, with the best answer earning a date with her. Rutschman showed that his wit is just as quick as his bat, swooping in with "roses are red, violets are blue... I’ll change your name to Rutschman from Prew.” The two then got into a back-and-forth and before Rutschman knew it, he was the talk of social media.
Looking back on the moment, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft could have never predicted what transpired on his phone.
“I didn’t think it was going to blow up at all," Rutschman said on NBC Sports Bay Area's Balk Talk podcast.
When Rustchman first saw Prewett's post, he texted a few of his friends with the idea to see if they thought it was worth sending. They all agreed it was funny, leading Rutschman to leave the comment on her photo.
At first, the comment looked as if it was just going to be something that only Rutschman and his friends truly appreciated, which was fine with him. Then, Rutschman checked his phone the following morning and realized something wild had happened.
“An hour goes by, it’s got like six likes on it. We’re like, ‘oh yeah it’s fine,'" Rutschman said. "And then all the sudden I wake up the next morning and it’s blowing up and I was like ‘oh no.’"
Despite the surprise publicity, Rutschman didn't have a problem with the attention that his comments got. In the end, he was doing something that plenty of others have done, especially in a time where it is hard to get someone's attention in person.
“It’s the 2020 dating," Rutschman said.