It isn’t often enough that we get inside the life of a successful, 21 year-old athlete, and Xander Bogaerts recent twitter actions has put up another barrier.
Bogaerts tweeted a photo of a young woman taking a picture of herself in a suggestive manner, and it was quickly deleted. Unfortunately, in today’s world you can never take down a picture fast enough without someone getting a screenshot of it. By the time it was taken down, it was already all over twitter, making headlines in Boston publications all over the internet.
John Farrell spoke about the incident, hoping that it is a one-time mistake and that Bogaerts has learned from the entire situation.
I am all for the discipline of young players, especially when they do something dumb either on or off the field. However, having Bogie delete his account, whether it was his decision or not robs hundreds of thousands of fans the opportunity to get to know the Sox young shortstop. One mistake doesn’t warrant such a harsh punishment, and yes someone in their low-20’s who lives life under a microscope having one of their outlets taken away from them is somewhat harsh.
Perhaps in time, Bogaerts will reinstate his account, and fans will be able to follow him again, sharing in his experiences, one that many of us would kill to have. However, if he is permanently blocked from twitter thanks to either management or another source, I think the fans are the ones getting the ultimate shaft. I hope to see Bogie back on twitter by October, letting us know how the Red Sox are preparing to defend their 2013 World Series title.