Let's all take a moment to laugh at the Phillies. They lost 6-2 to the University of Tampa, a division 2 school.
This prompted a mixed bag of messages, including some mildly creepy stuff. Schilling responded to some of the junk. Websites like sportingnews.com and washingtonpost.com posted stories mocking him for getting angry at people hitting on his daughter.
But things were much uglier than that. There were tweets that went much, further than a humorous date joke. I think people can overuse terms like this, but violent misogyny is exactly what was tweeted about Schilling's daughter.
And Schilling decided not to take it.
(Edit: Note that the lingual content of the tweets is absolutely NSFW, and I link only because it's necessary to know the context)
And I say good for him. The Internet is a pretty random, diverse place. People have odd senses of what is appropriate and what is funny. And, for the most part, so what? I don't have to go there.
But the kind of violent, dehumanizing excrement that those guys were writing about a teenage girl is absolute garbage. The kind of culture that tolerates or encourages such hateful internet behavior is morally bankrupt. It stems from a mentality that believes that hurtful words said on the Internet don't matter, and that such words have no consequences. And it is far, far too widespread. This subculture deserves neither public hearing nor public sympathy, and Schilling's aggressive and public response is an important effort to expose those trolls for what they are.
Why bring this here? Because this is a net-savvy audience. We've all seen junk like this. Most of us hate it. Maybe we shouldn't be so passive in assuming there's nothing we can do about it anymore.
But there are also a few people who may enjoy it. Enjoy the thrill of saying things that you could never say to someone's face. The thrill of finding an eloquence, no matter how vile, that you cannot achieve in social situations.
To that person: read Schilling's post. And whether by fear or by a realization that it is good to be kind and respectful to others, change.
The Michigan baseball team broke a 3-game losing streak today with a 6-2 win over Siena. Travis Maezes hit a 3-run homer, and Jackson Glines, Cody Bruder, Jake Bivens, and Carmen Benedetti each had 2 hits. Starting pitcher Ryan Nutof had a hard time, walking 4 batters in 3.1 innings, but Bryan Pall and Donnie Eaton shut Siena down the rest of the way.
M has another game with Siena today, and then again on Saturday and Sunday. The series is at a neutral site in St. Lucie, Florida.
For those in the Savannah, Georgia area, Michigan Baseball is headed your way this weekend.
After the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, NC was cancelled due to weather, news of a 3-game series featuring Michigan and Tennessee Tech leaked last night.
It has been confirmed. Michigan will face Tennessee Tech at Grayson Stadium in Savannah, Georgia. Home of the Savannah Sand Gnats.
The Sand Gnats are the single A affiliate of the New York Mets, Fred Wilpon's team.
After this weekend series against TTU, Michigan will head down to their home-away-from-home in Port St. Lucie, Florida at Tradition Field, spring home to the Mets where Michigan has played a 4-game series every year for the last decade.
After two debacles in a row out at Long Beach State against the Dirtbags that resulted in 3-2 and 7-2 losses to open the season, Michigan avoided getting swept earlier and picked up their first win of the this young 2015 season.
Thankfully it was not a repeat of Friday night. Michigan broke a scorless tie in the 4th inning off of a Eric Jacobson single to claim a 3-0 lead. However, in the bottom of the 9th, Long Beach State tied the game at 3 after Michigan held a 3-2 for the majority of the game.
Thankfully, preseason All-American Jacob Cronenworth hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 10th to give Michigan a 5-3 lead an ultimately the win.
Michigan will head back across the country to Greenville, NC for the Keith LeClair Classic. Michigan will face #25 Liberty on Friday, East Carolina on Saturday in a road game and St. John's on Sunday.