Why you shouldn’t post personal stuff on the internet, example #439567182.
- After a nice victory on Saturday where you get the save, go out to celebrate a little.
- Have a bit of trouble with some folks at the bar, but it’s no big deal, you resolve it.
- Twitter about it after you get back to your hotel room late.
- Wake up for day game the next day. Blow the save that would have given the Giants a sweep of the D-backs, and a winning record. Make your manager empty out the bullpen in what eventually becomes a come-from-ahead loss in extra innings.
- Deny that you were out late the night before. Delete all of your Twitter posts. Add a disclaimer that all your posts are “made-up stories that reflect my sense of humor”
- When asked about it, deny everything.
- Come in the next game against the archrival Dodgers, strike out the side to get the save.
- Show some semblance of remorse (without admitting anything) in the post-game interview.
Do I think Brian Wilson was partying on Saturday night? Probably.
Was he covering things up? He pretty much had no choice but to do what damage control he did.
Should I care what baseball players do on their spare time? It matters if it affects your performance the next day.
Did he redeem himself on Monday? Heck yeah.
As Mike Krukow mentioned during the telecast, closers can’t apologize for messing up- they just have to go out the next day, get back on the horse again, and do their job. Hopefully this was chalked up to the indiscretion of youth and a lesson learned.
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This post was written by Hank on April 28, 2009