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A ‘Larry Bird Tomato’ Went Viral for all the Right Reasons

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You never know what might go viral on social media. People love to watch videos of animals, cute kids, insane exercises, hilarious “fails” and more. If you manage to post a viral picture or video, you’re instantly famous for about a week or two.

In July 2020, a photo surfaced on Twitter by user @bingowings14 of an unusual tomato. The tomato looked like it was frowning. It didn’t take long for Twitter users to point out that the tomato closely resembled basketball legend Larry Bird. Suddenly, Bird’s name was trending on Twitter — and for good reason! The wholesome, humorous picture has reminded people of a much better time, and we can’t get enough of it.

All About ‘Larry Legend’

Everyone knew Larry Bird in the 1970s and ‘80s. The Indiana native, who helped revive Indiana State University’s men’s basketball program, led the Boston Celtics to three National Basketball Association (NBA) championship titles in 1981,1984, and 1986. Considered one of the greatest pure shooters in basketball history, Bird is closely linked to his famous rivalry with Los Angeles Lakers star, Magic Johnson.

The “Hick from French Lick” became known for his intimidating confidence on the basketball court. During his basketball career, he won 12 All-Star titles, as well as three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards. There was never before a player quite like him and there will never again be another player like Bird.

Today, Larry Bird serves as the adviser to the president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers. He’s a superstar wherever he goes, but to many fans, he’s still underrated for all his contributions to NBA basketball.

Resembling A Tomato

On July 31, @bingowings14 (also known as Paul), shared a picture on Twitter of his unusual tomato. He captioned the photo: “The tomato of confusion has arrived.” The picture immediately went viral with sports fans, garnering over 16,000 likes.

Twitter users commented about the uncanny resemblance to Bird. For example, the user @realarmchairqb said, “Oh snap, thought that was Larry Bird for a second.” Paul responded, “It’s his fruit clone apparently.”

Another user @mahhcus tweeted, “That tomato scored 34 points, 17 rebounds against the Lakers in the no AC game.” This tweet is in reference to the Celtics’ game 7 victory against the Lakers without any air conditioning in the 1986 NBA championship finals.

Going Viral

After the tweet went viral, co-host of the podcast, Pod Save America, Dan Pheiffer, retweeted Paul’s original tweet. He commented, “Larry Bird is trending because someone found a tomato that looks like him, [and it’s] a throwback to a simpler time on Twitter.” Pheiffer’s own tweet went viral, garnering nearly 30,000 likes.

Twitter users asked questions about the tomato, including if it was grown in Indiana (Bird’s native state). Another user @rboger12 said, “My goal in life right now is to find a Magic Johnson tomato which will, rightfully, sit side by side with Larry Bird tomato for tomaternity.”

Another user @BigJohn826 was quick to acknowledge Bird’s basketball contributions. He tweeted, “It does kinda look like the greatest player of all-time!!!” Twitter users appreciated the much-needed laugh, and they were reminded of a simpler time.

A Nostalgic Post

Fans remembered the glory days of watching Bird play basketball but also when people shared pictures on Twitter that had nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic. People shared pictures and videos of interesting objects they found, such as a tomato shaped like Larry Bird, that other people would enjoy. Posts like Paul’s are a reminder to all of us that there used to be simpler times.

Paul was actually quite surprised when his original tweet went viral. Since he was never a fan of basketball, he admittedly had to search online for information about Bird. It came as a shock to the Twitter users who had been following his post, but they were nonetheless happy that he had shared his mishapen tomato. Thanks to the power of the internet, Larry Bird finally found a doppelganger.

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