'Boomer And Gio': Jimmy O'Brien, AKA Jomboy, Discusses Astros Scandal

Boomer and Gio
November 19, 2019 - 1:07 pm

You've likely already stumbled across Jimmy O'Brien's breakdown of Yankees' manager Aaron Boone's viral "savages" rant from July. The video, which provides full context of Boone's eventual ejection and Brett Gardner's repeated bashing of the dugout ceiling, has been shared on O'Brien's Twitter account over 27,000 times since he published the post. 

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O'Brien is otherwise known as "Jomboy_" on social media. As The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich revealed a sign-stealing scandal, involving the Astros, O'Brien took to social media to find the reported noise mentioned in the initial report. His ability to transcribe what is being said on the field and produce videos developed a large audience of over 37,000 followers over the 30-day span, according to Social Blade

"I didn't realize it was going to blow up because this is just what I've always done," O'Brien told WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti on Tuesday. "I just make these. I was sitting in my apartment and I saw my Twitter going crazy. I called my girlfriend and was like, 'I think I did something big.' It was pretty wild.

Former White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar was quoted in the report that he heard banging from the Astros' dugouts during his appearances at Minute Maid Park. O'Brien created a 2 minute and 20 second clip detailing one of Farquhar's starts — the first visual to provide context to The Athletic's report. 

The video spread like wild fire, making its way through the sports world. It was shared 33,000 times and generated over 3,000 responses — most commending O'Brien for his work, including Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle, as well as feedback from unhappy Astros fans. 

"I've been doing this for years now," O'Brien said. "It's just that people like to see the visuals with the stories. So as soon as that happened with the article from The Athletic, I went and made the video. Ken Rosenthal actually said, 'thank you for that' because it verified his report and The Athletic - they went out on a limb to post this because if you're wrong and nothing comes from it, that's a bad look. They're professionals so I think they've been working this for a while. 

"People say, 'you're just doing this because it's the Astros and you're a Yankees fan!' No, if something comes out about another team and we know exactly what to look for we'll find it."

Newly appointed Mets manager Carlos Beltran, who spent the 2017 season with Houston, was said to play a 'key role" in the scheme. He told The New York Post's Joel Sherman that he's "not concerned" about the report. O'Brien, who believes Houston's punishment will come down to a fine, didn't understand Beltran's willingness to deny his involvement while the Astros players have yet to comment during the investigation. 

"Everyone else is quiet," O'Brien said. "Why did he come out and deny it so heavily when no one else is? I bet he wishes he can take that back and just stay quiet for a little bit. 

Click the audio player above to listen to O'Brien's interview in its entirety.