Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/29/13
Matt Garza is one of very few athletes who keeps his Twitter account locked. With all the nasty stuff that fans can say while hiding behind a computer, keeping a private account likely helps with tuning out some of the critics. Apparently not all of them. Following an incredibly disappointing season in 2012, the Chicago Cubs are off to a slow start this year. They are currently 9-15 and in last place in the NL Central. Last week, Garza announced on Twitter that he had a “minor setback” but is scheduled to make his first rehab start in the minors on May 1. According to the Chicago Tribune, he also took some time to rip into Cubs fans for being so negative. But rehabbing Cubs starter Matt Garza had enough of such talk last week, and went on a Twitter rant against what he termed ‘fake’ fans ‘who do nothing but talk smack.’ In one tweet, Garza wrote he was ‘just tired of the so-called diehards being negative! Negativity breeds negativity! So break the cycle.’” When you combine a rebuilding project with a team that has not won a championship since 1908, you get an extremely frustrated fan base. How can you blame them? The Cubs aren’t even in contention. If Garza was responding to fans who were being critical of his rehab, that’s one thing. But no player on Chicago’s roster should expect the fans to put a smile on their faces and remain positive. If that’s what Garza and company are looking for, they better start winning some games. H/T Hardball Talk
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