An errant throw by Red Sox rookie shortstop Xander Bogaerts cost his team the game on Tuesday. And an errant tweet appears to have cost the 21-year-old Aruba native his Twitter account last night.
On Wednesday night, the Red Sox defeated the White Sox 6-4 in a 14-inning game. Not long after the game ended, Bogaerts tweeted at his 40,000 followers for the second time since December 2013.
At least one person managed to grab a screenshot of the tweet before the account was quickly deactivated. It appears Bogaerts may have followed in the footsteps of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, tweeting something that was never meant to be seen by a wide audience.
hell of a tweet by xander bogarts pic.twitter.com/pThKvmskJD— John O'Connor (@oc312) April 17, 2014
The Twitter universe soon caught wind of the revealing snapshot and any hopes Bogaerts may have had for the photo to remain private were dashed.
Most were sympathetic. Some were not.
Things Xander Bogaerts needs to work on - His defense - Hitting with runners in scoring position - His sexting game Hang in there kid— John Dominick (@23JD23) April 17, 2014
Look at Xander Bogaerts playing the field like Derek Jeter. Oh yeah, at shortstop, too.— Randy Whitehouse (@RAWmaterial33) April 17, 2014
@XanderBogaerts you didn't need to delete your twitter— Emily Fox (@emilyfox10) April 17, 2014
Of course there is always the possibility that Bogaerts’ account was hacked. It happens.
Back in March, Bogaerts, widely considered the best Boston rookie in some time and a hero of the 2013 World Series, told the Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham that while playing the game is something he is confident he can handle, he is less certain about his ability to play the fame game.
The fame part, it's new. People know you and you haven't even met them. I don't like it. I like to be quiet and at peace. It was hard to deal with at the beginning.
Like throwing errors, social media gaffes can have repercussions. It’s not only if – but how – you bounce back that counts.