Astros third baseman Alex Bregman isn’t exactly a social media savant. Back in May he caused a bit of a controversy when he tweeted about wanting to “beat the s**t” out of the Rangers. It was a dumb controversy — all players want to beat the other team and they should feel free to say it — but it’s the sort of thing that teammates get a little rankled about and he could’ve saved himself some trouble if he had kept his hands off his phone.
The same goes for something a few days ago. It seems that some Astros fans were talking about hypothetical trade scenarios and one said that, maybe, it’d be better if the Astros had traded Bregman in a package for Chris Sale. Not exactly a controversial position, one wouldn’t think, and not the sort of thing one would expect a player to get upset about if they heard it.
But Bregman not only heard it, he sought it out by, apparently, by searching for his name. And when he found it he slid into the DMs (direct messages) of the Astros fan offering the opinion to berate him. Via Bleacher Report, here is the tweet with the screen caps of the exchange:
The coup de grace was Bregman saying that the fan was one of the “flees [sic] on the nutsack of society.” Actually, maybe the real highlight was when Bregman deleted his account in its entirely. That’s the sign of a man who knows he’s been beaten.
Major League Baseball has a social media policy. We don’t hear too much about it these days, but it’s there. I’m not sure if it contains a rule relating to “looking like an insecure jackwagon, calling people misspelled names and then deleting your account in shame,” but I imagine someone is looking into it.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.