UPDATE: Oops. Seth Stohs informs me that Williams was released by the Twins before the season began. So I guess he can get beat over the head if and when some other team signs him.
11:03 PM: Look, I may want to know “why are there so many gay n***** these days,” and YOU may want to know “why are there so many gay n***** these days,” but that’s OK, because we’re not ballplayers subject to baseball’s social media policy.
Twins prospect Reggie Williams is subject to it, however, so if he really wants to know “why are there so many gay n***** these days,” he probably shouldn’t have spent all evening tweeting it. Or at least he should have done so at a time when no one from Deadspin was watching, because they were watching and they busted him:
But don’t worry. Realizing that that wasn’t too polite, he quickly corrected himself:
Hmm, that’s not gonna go over too much better, is it? And if you read his timeline, you see that he hasn’t done much to dig himself out of that hole as the evening has worn on.
So, how does this end? Large fine and series of apologies? He’s only hitting .234/.294/.325 in A-ball at age 22, so maybe a release is more in order. Either way, I don’t think this one is gonna go away with a couple of quickly deleted tweets.
The Astros and Nationals share a spring training facility, so it was only natural that they would open Grapefruit League play together. The Astros were the home team. Here’s the lineup they rolled out.
Teams typically include at least a few regulars in their spring training lineups as a courtesy to the fans, who are spending money to see big league players play baseball. This is especially the case for home games. However, the Astros have decided to roll out a lineup with a combined 323 MLB plate appearances.
There might be a reason for that. Houston was lustily booed as they took the field. This was after running a video on the scoreboard celebrating their 2019 AL championship.
That’s all with the team that beat them in the World Series (and is widely regarded as baseball’s current heroes for beating the big bad cheating Astros) in the other dugout, of course. Nationals starter Max Scherzer has not thrown at any Houston player, and the game is now in a rain delay. But it seems like the Astros decided to spare their players from some possible rough treatment, both from fans and opposing pitchers.
The same could not be said for Astros mascot Orbit, who was also booed.
One can quibble with the merits of booing a bunch of players who have barely touched the big leagues because you’re mad at Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, but sports fandom is something of an irrational business. Fans are going to want their pound of flesh, especially when they paid for the right to be in the ballpark and give the Astros a piece of their mind. Some of them even brought props! This is just how it all works, unfortunately. If you’re in an Astros uniform, you’re probably going to get booed.
Welcome to the 2020 season, Astros. It’s probably going to be like this all year.