Josh Hader is having an terrific season on the mound. His ERA is at an astounding 1.39, his WHIP a dominant 0.77, he has 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and an outrageous 96 strikeouts in just 51.2 innings. His social media though it much less outstanding than this All-Star season. Over the All-Star break, fans discovered a number of his old tweets that just so happened to be misogynistic, racist, and homophobic. And when he first took the mound in San Francisco -- his first road appearance since the controversy -- he was welcomed a certain way.
Chorus of boos for Josh Hader here in San Francisco.— Sam Hustis (@SamHustis) July 27, 2018
It's Hader's first road game since his racist and homophobic tweets surfaced. pic.twitter.com/3m0oqKgyPp
Not too many boos and not especially thundering, but they were enough to make a statement. It's definitely a much more different experience from the standing ovation that Hader received
Opinion: REALLY bad look by Brewers fans giving Josh Hader a standing ovation tonight.— James Neveau (@JamesNeveau) July 22, 2018
Other folks have issued strong opinions about Hader's situation, too.
Papa John helping a young Josh Hader write his tweets pic.twitter.com/5JHA0Asutw— LD (@maiL_man3) July 18, 2018
To his credit, Hader has owned up to what he did and claims to be a different person than the 17-year-old version of himself that went so far out of bounds. That's one step in the right direction. Kudos to his Brewers
However, it will be a while before he lives all this down, and rightfully so. He should expect more boos at other road games in the meantime.