Boston Red Sox World Series win spurs racist tweets against Big Papi
Looks like those awful Twitter trolls have struck again! Last night, the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals and won this year's World Series under the lead of David "Big Papi" Ortiz.Throughout the six-game series, Ortiz was crucial to the team's success and his performance even earned him the Most Valuable Player award. Unfortunately, the sweet moment of victory was marred by an onslaught of racist tweets that followed the win.
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Instead of acknowledging Ortiz's accomplishments or graciously accepting defeat, some people decided to take to their social media accounts to bash the Latino athlete for his background. "Instead of a truck they should give Ortiz English lessons," one user wrote.
And sadly, Ortiz wasn't the only target. Sox team member Koji Uebera also received his fair share of hate after he joyously leaping into Ortiz's arms, just seconds after the final pitch was thrown. "F**k the red sox for bringin in a jap," one tweeter wrote, while others chimed in to accuse him of not knowing English either.
Seeing some of the vile messages aimed at these two talented players who did absolutely nothing wrong, all I could do is shake my head. I understand that passions run high in sports and that there are a lot of people who feel strongly about the Sox's victory (whether for or against it). But I will never get why people feel the need to resort to such blatant racism and turn what should've been a great moment for these guys into something ugly and hateful. It's just saddening.
Being a fan of the losing team doesn't give you an excuse hide behind a computer screens and jeer at a person's culture. If people really feel the need to critique a player during or after a game, they should stick to talking about their athletic ability. Anything other than that--especially these mean, discriminatory remarks--is just unnecessary.
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