Originally written on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 4/25/12
By definition, commenting on blogs and message boards means a comfortable anonymity for the poster. Some take the freedom too far, overreacting and ridiculing, perhaps in part to boost their own low esteem. With popular interactive social media such as Facebook and Twitter, the player and fan can interact directly. The outcomes aren’t always pretty. During the off-season, when St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte created and publicized his Twitter presence, I winced. Every player has bad days, but there is no single position that has the volatility of closing with its immediate highs and lows. It is one thing to interact with fans when there are no games, but even the best closers are going to blow saves. When the lows come, they will be fast, hard and painful. At those points in times, interaction between the angry fan and the athlete would best be insulated. Twitter has no such buffer, however. In all fairness, after Monday’s surprising loss in Chicago absorbed by Motte, the va...
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