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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jay Bruce on his Twitter haters: ‘You sound like idiots’

Jay-Bruce-RedsAfter belting 34 homers and driving in 99 runs for the Cincinnati Reds last season, outfielder Jay Bruce is off to somewhat of a slow start in 2013. His batting average of .252 is right about where you would expect (he is a career .255 hitter), but his power numbers in April were lacking. Through 28 games, the 26-year-old has only one homer and 11 RBI.

Naturally, fans have been critical of Bruce while he has struggled. The Reds are only a game out of first with a ton of baseball left to play, but a Twitter rant on Tuesday night indicated the fans are already starting to irritate Bruce.

It sounds like somebody needs to take some advice from their All-Star teammate when it comes to dealing with Twitter. By wasting a five-tweet rant on his critics, Bruce is simply letting them win. A hitting slump can be frustrating and Twitter can make it worse, but responding to the critics only validates what they are attempting to do. In his sixth year in the majors, Bruce should be well aware of that.

H/T Hardball Talk



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