Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 5/1/13

After belting 34 homers and driving in 99 runs for the Cincinnati Reds last season, outfielder Jay Bruce is off to somewhat of a slow start in 2013. His batting average of .252 is right about where you would expect (he is a career .255 hitter), but his power numbers in April were lacking. Through 28 games, the 26-year-old has only one homer and 11 RBI. Naturally, fans have been critical of Bruce while he has struggled. The Reds are only a game out of first with a ton of baseball left to play, but a Twitter rant on Tuesday night indicated the fans are already starting to irritate Bruce. I appreciate all the tweets, good and bad, actually. You guys are what drive the game. I’m obviously not hitting as well as I’d like to, yet — Jay Bruce (@JayABruce) May 1, 2013 ….I actually feel sorry for the people on here who feel that it’s necessary to try and put me down on twitter. It really just explains… — Jay Bruce (@JayABruce) May 1, 2013 Further who you are, and there are obviously things in your life that you’re unhappy about and you take it out on me via twitter…I suggest — Jay Bruce (@JayABruce) May 1, 2013 you look into talking with a life coach or something to help you get over whatever you have going on in your life. There is obviously a…. — Jay Bruce (@JayABruce) May 1, 2013 lack of something going on, and I hope you guys get it straightened out, because you all sound like idiots Everyone have a good night. Haha — Jay Bruce (@JayABruce) May 1, 2013 It sounds like somebody needs to take some advice from their All-Star teammate when it comes to dealing with Twitter. By wasting a five-tweet rant on his critics, Bruce is simply letting them win. A hitting slump can be frustrating and Twitter can make it worse, but responding to the critics only validates what they are attempting to do. In his sixth year in the majors, Bruce should be well aware of that. H/T Hardball Talk

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Red Sox GM: 'Time to think about' team being sellers

Cardinals fire scouting director in hacking scandal fallout

Report: Lakers to get second meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge

Antonio Gates suspended four games for violating drug policy

Tim Duncan officially returning to Spurs for another season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rolando McClain suspended four games for substance abuse

Jets' Richardson suspended four games for violating drug policy

Report: Aldridge not impressed with Lakers' branding pitch

Toronto column after trade details Kessel's love of hot dogs

A-Rod, Yankees, union in talks to donate HR bonus to charity

Dez Bryant, Cowboys reportedly on verge of contract extension

76ers on winning side of atrocious salary dump by Kings

Bama players admitted they didn’t respect OSU QB Jones heading into CFB playoff

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

Report: Heat re-sign Wade to one-year, $20M contract

Larry Brown Sports on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how it went

A-Rod on desire to make All-Star Game: ‘I’d walk to Cincinnati’

Landing Monta Ellis puts Pacers back in title-chasing pack

Bryce Harper snaps another selfie with fans before game

Putting Chris Sale’s strikeout streak in historical perspective

Chargers job listing: Applicants must be open to move to LA

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

TUF weekly recap by NOS® Energy Drink

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.