A Twitter Tale of Two Pitchers
Full disclosure up front: I am an unabashed Boston Red Sox fan. Further, after two seasons of a partial "breakup" with my favorite team, I am now seriously thinking about buying yet another piece of Red Sox clothing that includes #19, Kojie Uehara, the Sox miracle closer this year.
There was a stark contrast between how two pitchers handled their losses over the past week during the American League Divisional Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. David Price, the Rays' ace, was the losing pitcher in Game 2 of the ALDS and took to Twitter to spew anger and frustration:
"Trust me I don't want sympathy...I got beat tonight...so be it..I'll bounce back...3x ALLSTAR...2 time player choice...runner up cy...AND CY" — David Price (@DAVIDprice14) October 6, 2013
A bit defensive, for sure, but all accurate. He is a star and has been for a long time.
But he also went after the TBS commentators:
"Dirk Hayhurst...COULDNT hack it...Tom Verducci wasn't even a water boy in high school...but yet they can still bash a player...SAVE IT NERDS" — David Price (@DAVIDprice14) October 6, 2013
Add in the criticisms of Boston fans and David Ortiz admiring his home run before running the bases that Price's girlfriend Tweeted out, Price had to do a quick mea culpa. I give him credit. He took the blame and went right at it:
Last night got out of hand and I apologize for the things that I said on here...if I offended you I am very sorry for doing so...#thatsnotme— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) October 6, 2013
Meanwhile, the Red Sox's middle-reliever-who-would-be-closer AKA "the deal of the century", Koji Uehara, who is a prolific Tweeter, in his native tongue, Japanese, sent out this Tweet after an uncharacteristic blown save during Game 3 of the ALDS:
Translating RT @TeamUehara: 投げてきましたぁ(^-^) やられましたぁ(ｰｰ;) サヨナラ負け…（涙) = I went and pitched (☺️) they got me (😓) a walk-off loss... (tears😢)— Naoko Funayama (@NaokoFunayama) October 8, 2013
Earlier this week, he tweeted out a link to a video that memorializes his signature move, a joyful leap off of the pitchers mound after a save and a series of high fives with his teammates.
So what do we learn from this? It's pretty simple. If you're a disappointed or angry athlete who just came off a frustrating loss, don't Tweet or at least have someone review your Tweets before you push "send." If you are having a drink after the frustrating loss, hand someone your mobile device before you take a sip. Never drink and Tweet.
On to the ALCS for the Red Sox (yay!). And on to the Google Translator for me to translate and read the rest of Koji's tweets.
(First Picture Courtesy: http://digitalnucleus.wordpress.com)
(Second Picture Courtesy: beforeitsnews.com)