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Clayton Kershaw was really excited to see fireworks

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My kids are getting older. One is a teenager already and the other one acts like one. As such, our celebratory habits and routines have inevitably changed.

I’ve always enjoyed the Fourth of July with them, in large part because our town’s fireworks can be seen from our yard. For the past 12 years we’ve made hot dogs and hamburgers and have had little neighborhood parties. My kids and dozens of other neighborhood kids eat popsicles, catch fireflies and run around with sparklers and squirt guns in the twilight. It all ends with us sitting on the front porch watching the show, which goes off just when the kids get to the point where they can’t keep their eyes open anymore. It’s Americana cranked up to 11.

But it’s different now. We had our usual cookout yesterday and the kids enjoyed it just fine, but at around 6pm they hit me up for some money and took off for the next several hours to the high school football stadium. That’s where they set off the fireworks and have a more commercial Fourth of July festival. They hang out with their friends, buy overpriced concessions and get into some low-level mischief. I’m not gonna say that I hate the fact that I can now just hang out on my porch with an adult beverage and not have to chase children around, but I do miss it some. I miss the excitement.

The sort of excitement Clayton Kershaw showed yesterday after shutting down the Diamondbacks:

After the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks, the starting lefthander was taking questions from the media when he suddently had to jet.

“Oh, I gotta go — fireworks! I love you guys,” Kershaw said before running out of the room.

Can I adopt him? I have a lot of sparklers I didn’t get to use this year.

Brewers reliever Josh Hader in hot water over racist, homophobic tweets from 2011-12

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Brewers reliever Josh Hader didn’t have a good night. He gave up four hits and a three-run homer to put the National League in a big hole in the All-Star Game. That’s the kind of thing that has to stick with you.

Oh, and he was also revealed to be a SUPER BIG racist, misogynist and homophobe. That’s gonna stick with him too, and may land him in trouble with Major League Baseball.

Someone decided to dig through Hader’s Twitter history this evening and when they did they found some ugly, ugly stuff in there from back in 2011-12.* Hader was found to have used the n-word, liberally. He said “I hate gay people.” He said some super misogynistic stuff about wanting a woman who will cook and clean for him, among other pretty damn vile things. There were multiple references to cocaine. He said “I’ll murder your family” to one person and made some total non-sequitur tweet simply saying “KKK.” You name a social media etiquette line that one can cross and Hader not only crossed it, but he totally and gleefully trampled over. If you want to see that vile stuff you can see it over at The Big Lead, which screen-capped it. I presume Hader has deleted them by now.

The news of Hader’s old, unearthed tweets bubbled out as the All-Star Game was going on, and reporters met Hader in the locker room right afterward for comment. Hader owned up to them — there was no “I was hacked” excuses offered here — saying that the tweets were a sign of immaturity when he was 17 years-old. He said he plans to apologize to his teammates, saying they don’t reflect on him as a person now. His quote: “No excuses. I was dumb and stupid.” Which, well, yes, obviously.

That may not be the end of it, however:

These tweets are old, Hader may be a different person now and people can do a lot of growing up between 17 and 24. But Major League Baseball is not happy tonight, I can assure you, that an ugly social media incident blew up during its biggest showcase of the regular season.

Will Hader be disciplined? Hard to say, given that Hader wasn’t even drafted yet when those tweets were made and given that MLB’s social media policy was not even in place then. But it would not shock me at all if more comes of this than Hader merely apologizing to his teammates. Stay tuned.

*There are several putative Hader tweets floating around Twitter right now of a more recent vintage. Hader has locked his account, however, and they cannot be confirmed, and many people who were able to access his account before it was locked said those tweets were not there before, with the suggestion that they were Photoshopped. We are neither in the position to — nor do we have the inclination to — verify which of Hader’s tweets are legitimate and which are fabricated. We know, however, that there is more than ample, awful stuff that he has owned up to and we’ll leave it at that for now.