This year’s MLB All-Star Game was a rather ho-hum affair. We are less than a week removed from the game, and most MLB fans could not today recite a single memorable occurrence from that game. Meanwhile, the most newsworthy All-Star Game occurrence was the revelation that Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader had tweeted misogynistic and homophobic things while he was in high school.
First off, obviously it is extremely inappropriate for a person to make such tweets. That said, who is the person who dug up these tweets on the day of the All-Star Game? There are only two possibilities, one commendable and one deplorable:
Possibility #1) A vindictive ex-girlfriend or ex-friend was “getting back” at Hader. I really hope this was the case. Maybe there was a time where Hader cheated on a girl, and she decided to get her revenge when he was on the biggest stage of his life. Maybe Hader “stole” a girl from a friend, and the friend similarly decided to get revenge during the All-Star Game. Either way, if the aggrieved party was aware that a) these tweets existed and b) Hader has/had a promising baseball career, said party might want to wait until the perfect time to unveil those tweets to the world. This way, the party could maximize the damage to Hader’s career. The perfect time was, of course, during the All-Star Game. Very few people outside Milwaukee knew much about Josh Hader before Tuesday. However, to reveal that an All-Star had once made those inappropriate tweets would be a big story, even if the name “Josh Hader” was not exactly a household name. Therefore, the All-Star Game was the perfect time to release the tweets and thus to give Hader the most notoriety.
Possibility #2) One of the most miserable people in the world dug up this tweet from the past and released it on Tuesday for the sole purpose of making Hader miserable. Again, the tweets are inexcusable, but, as a high-school teacher, I also know that high-schoolers say, do, and tweet dumb things from time to time. The whole point of going to school is to learn – not only academically, but also socially – so that one can live a responsible adult life. I have taught many students who matured greatly over their high-school careers, and the last thing I would want to see is to have their careers tarnished by stupid things the students tweeted while they were in high school.
At the same time, I am sure there are miserable people out there who pore over the social-media accounts of every person who suddenly gains even a modicum of fame. This way, these scavengers can try to wreck the person’s fame, even if the person is a good person. By all accounts, Josh Hader has been an upstanding adult who tweeted inappropriate things as a high-schooler. Why try to wreck the guy now, unless you are a miserable, miserable person?
If “Possibility #2” is the correct answer, then the person who uncovered these tweets surely drives in the left lane of the highway at 50 miles per hour and uses a urinal next to the only other occupied urinal when there is a line of open urinals. What a miserable, miserable person.