Found July 11, 2012 on
I know that sometimes as baseball fans, we get caught up in the heat of the moment and we shout profanities sometimes at baseball players, umpires and even baseball executives. But after a few moments of reflection we understand that we're wrong and that we shouldn't have done that.
After all, no player, umpire or team executive makes a mistake on purpose. We're all human and not perfect. Yesterday, as I was going through Twitter when I saw several RT's from Cubs' Ian Stewart where he was responding to people who were insulting him. There was one specific message that was very offensive about how he injured his wrist. I mean, really? You're insulting a big leaguer just because he had a rough couple of years?
Yes, Stewart had an awful 2011 when he hit .156/.243/.221 with a 21 OPS+, and yes he hasn't had an extraordinary 2012 either (.201/.292/.335 with a 71 OPS+). But he's still young (27) and who knows if after his wrist surgery he comes back a better hitter. Between 2008 and 2010, Stewart didn't play that bad. He hit .246/.334/.454 with 18 HR's and a 98 OPS+. Defensively he has a career 7.2 UZR, not awesome, but good enough to be above average. And even though he's playing a position where hitting is a priority I think it still counts.
Anyway, even if the guy is the worst player to ever walk the earth, nobody has the right to insult him because 1.) he is a human being and 2.) he is a professional ball-player, and nobody would like to get insulted while you're in your office.
People think its easy to play baseball, but what they don't know is that around 92% of draftees never reach the Majors, so Stewart is among the 8% who had the talent, perseverance and luck to get there. He was drafted and signed in 2003 and four years after (2007) he reached the Majors for the first time. He played Rookie ball in 2003, then he played A in 2004, A+ in 2005, Double-A in 2006 and Triple-A in 2007, 2008 and 2011. I would like to know what the guys who were insulting Stewart have achieved in their lives.
Before I go, I don't support Stewart answering them, because like we say in my country “Deaf ears for stupid words.” Or in this case blind eyes.
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