Social media is hell.
This is generally accepted as fact in 2019, yet we all keep coming back to this hellscape where everyone is awful and everything is bad.
It is one thing entirely to defend oneself from the constant, general negativity, let alone the weird, personal attacks leveraged by face-less logo-mashup avatars over nothing more than a lukewarm opinion.
If you are reading this, you are aware of the recklessness of sports-Twitter. If not, here’s a crash course:
When Social Media shows how rotten some are https://t.co/QSPB5sFUZs— Andre Knott (@DreKnott) September 4, 2019
Imagine, if you will, being the parent of one of these people. If you are a parent already, you probably already know the irrational level of anger you feel that time the other kid at the daycare shoved your kid down on the playground. I don’t have kids, so I don’t know that feeling, or if daycares even have playgrounds, but I have heard this anger first hand.
The intersection of parenting and social media would be my own personal Bad Place, as I do not have the level of maturity it takes to be a parent, much less watch thousands of untalented nobodies boost their own lacking self worth by talking smack on my imaginary child.
Luckily, some do.
The 2019 season for the Indians has produced plenty of unexpected storylines, but perhaps the most unexpected has been the emergence of baseball moms, and our #TribeMoms. The emergence of the women in players’ lives on social media has brought plenty of clapping back, and frankly, we’re here for it.
Even if we have been on the wrong side of it.
Really?— Misty Bauers ♀️ (@mlbauers) June 12, 2019
Was it particularly vicious tweet? No. Was it a well-founded criticism? Probably. Was it a beacon sent up to say that the #TribeMoms are watching, and we should be on our best behavior? Absolutely.
Actually, we get that question a lot from #TribeMoms. Like this from the mom of former Indians relief prospect J.P. Feyereisen when we placed a bit too much blame on the bullpen.
Really Matt?— Momma (@mommafeyer) May 6, 2018
Sometimes the moms get sassy, like that of Nick Goody. And you know what? Good!
You couldn't do what they do!! Haha so easy to pass judgement— Cheryl bunker (@onionpark41) September 29, 2017
The fan code seems to say that athletes are fair game. “They signed up for this,” “It’s a part of the job,” etc.
You know who did not sign up for this? The moms. The people who sacrificed all of their hopes and dreams to pass that on to their children. The people who leave work and go directly to the t-ball games instead of taking time for themselves.
I could careless about much of it but some of it is so unnecessarily vicious and mean. As a mom it is so hurtful...— Misty Bauers ♀️ (@mlbauers) June 12, 2019
Wednesday night, a tweet about Indians closer Brad Hand being unavailable turned into much more.
Brad Hand’s wife just liked my tweet about me thinking her husband stinks? pic.twitter.com/Hh8F62YHPY— Dan Harrington (@__hoss) September 12, 2019
After Mrs. Hand sent the passive-aggressive shot-across-the-bow to @_hoss, it was then time for the original Mrs. Hand to step in, giving us one of the better Twitter threads of the season.
Then Mrs. Hand hit us all with a little humility that only a mom, especially the #TribeMoms, could.
Just remember before you tweet next time. Everyone has a mother that loves them.— Barbara Hand (@blhand007) September 12, 2019
God bless you, Momma Hand, and God bless all the baseball moms out there.