‘Tis the season to sit at home and troll pro baseball players on social media, apparently.
Maybe it’s because you just got a new phone, installed your favorite social media app and your immediate reaction is, “Great, now it’s time to mouth off to a pro athlete.” Or maybe your favorite way to bring balance to the pomp and circumstance of Christmas is some light trolling of a pro baseball player.
Here’s a suggestion: Maybe don’t.
There were two instances where overzealous fans earned fans clapbacks from baseball players — and both rounds went to the MLB dudes in this case.
Merry Christmas @SueAnguiano. I'm not sorry you didn't get your wish, but I do hope the rest of your day was filled with cheer and love 93 days until Opening Day! #LetsGoGiants pic.twitter.com/JPRljY7DsQ
— Mark Melancon (@Mark_Melancon_) December 26, 2017
Melacon is a somewhat easy target. He under-performed and he’d tell you as much. So taking a swipe at him isn’t exactly the most daring social media act a person someone can commit. Imagine being the person going after Kris Bryant, whose three years in the big leagues have included a Rookie of the Year award, MVP and helping the Chicago Cubs breaking their World Series curse.
You’d think like that earns a fella immunity from petty Instagram comments after he post a picture of himself on the golf course, but nope.
Kris Bryant wasn’t having it with this guy. pic.twitter.com/zeUyirNQiL
— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) December 25, 2017
Not sure how a dude calling himself “BigHig44” has the gall to proclaim that Bryant is a “waste” — he hit .295 with 29 homers last year and 39 homers with a .292 average the year before. Only possible explanation is that BigHig44 is a St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Nonetheless, this should be enough for the social-media scallywags to take heed: Don’t just expect athletes to just put up with your chirping. It’s almost 2018. Clapbacks are bound to be coming.
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