Mike Clevinger loses his cool on Twitter

Mike Clevinger loses his cool on Twitter

Mike Clevinger of the Cleveland Indians had a bad day on Monday. He started Game 3 of the ALDS, left with a lead but then saw the Astros pound the heck out of his teammates, eliminating them from playoff contention. The best way to deal with a bad day is to go for a walk, get some exercise, read a book or do things that disconnect the parts of your brain that cause you to dwell on negativity. Unfortunately, Clevinger went on Twitter yesterday and had his bad mood magnified. What he saw was a tweet from last May mocking him and the Indians following a loss to the Astros. pic.twitter.com/64tIMn7p4b — 𝚂𝚙𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝙲𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚂𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚜 (@LiveSCS) May 26, 2018 The replies to the tweeted video from last May reveal that Clevinger saw it when it was first posted and blocked the poster. It was just one of those “the internet remains defeated” sentiments, in which Flores was acknowledging that, yeah, the Astros were better than the Indians and this bit of ephemera from months back sorta kinda predicted it. He went ballistic, calling Flores a “cockroach,” a “teenage girl,” an “idiot,” an “unprofessional child,” and “soft as pudding,” all in a pretty mocking tone. He also played the “you don’t know what it takes to play the game” card which is a classic appeal-to-authority tactic athletes use to deflect criticism, implying that anything negative said by a non-athlete is, by definition, illegitimate. Flores responded calmly, not pushing back, other than to say that he did not create the video but that he merely shared it.

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Mike Clevinger of the Cleveland Indians had a bad day on Monday. He started Game 3 of the ALDS, left with a lead but then saw the Astros pound the heck out of his teammates, eliminating them from playoff contention.

The best way to deal with a bad day is to go for a walk, get some exercise, read a book or do things that disconnect the parts of your brain that cause you to dwell on negativity. The best way to make a bad day worse is to spent a lot of time online on the sort of websites that have a habit of magnifying the bad mood you bring to them. Twitter is great for that. Unfortunately, Clevinger went on Twitter yesterday and had his bad mood magnified.

What he saw was a tweet from last May mocking him and the Indians following a loss to the Astros. It featured an interview Clevinger gave in which he said of the Astros, “we have what they have,” “they’re not that special” and “we’re right there with them,” after which Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” plays over big Astros hits:

#AstrosWin Enjoy this highlight video. pic.twitter.com/64tIMn7p4b

— 𝚂𝚙𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝙲𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚂𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚜 (@LiveSCS) May 26, 2018

The replies to the tweeted video from last May reveal that Clevinger saw it when it was first posted and blocked the poster. Which, fine. Blocking people so you don’t see negativity you don’t want to see is a totally reasonable way to…

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