The Brewers' best pitcher is in some serious hot water before the second half of the MLB season gets underway.
As he was serving up a 3-run homer in the All-Star Game Tuesday night, Josh Hader's Tweets from 2011 were aired publicly and the result was...not good.
Hader's Tweets as a 17-year-old reflected racist and homophobic remarks, among other issues. (A summary of his Tweets can be found at Deadspin.)
After the All-Star Game, Hader was immediately put in front of reporters to respond to the Tweets and admitted he will accept any punishment that comes his way — including any possible suspension:
Josh Hader addresses the tweets that surfaced during the game pic.twitter.com/Zzh6uS2frH— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) July 18, 2018
Josh Hader, part 2 of his comments addressing the tweets pic.twitter.com/tWs2zBmukS— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) July 18, 2018
He won't be suspended by the league and will instead under go sensitivity training, but this absolutely could affect Hader mentally moving forward.
Case in point:
Some members of Josh Hader’s family, wearing his All-Star replica jersey, have taken them off and been given generic jerseys without his name on the back.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 18, 2018
One person wearing a Josh Hader shirsey just took it off, turned it inside out and put it back on.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 18, 2018
He can ask teammate Ryan Braun how to deal when fans turn on you, but it's going to be a lot more difficult for a 24-year-old in his first full big-league season to deal with any hate that comes down.
Hader has been the Brewers' most valuable pitcher all season, going 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and a ridiculous 16.7 K/9.
But over the last month-plus, he's been...human.
Ever since Jason Heyward turned on a 98 mph Hader fastball to tie the game in Milwaukee on June 11, the Brewers' relief ace has a 2.84 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 13.5 K/9.
Still great numbers, to be sure, but not the Superman-esque line baseball fans came to expect from Hader after the first couple months of 2018. (Plus, the All-Star Game homer he served up to Jean Segura, but that obviously doesn't count for anything.)
With the Brewers already chasing the Cubs by 2.5 games in the division in the second half, they can't afford Hader's slump to worsen.
Though Cubs fans may be rooting for that...