CLEVELAND (WJW) — The baseball team soon to be called the Cleveland Guardians lost to the Tampa Bay Rays Friday night.
Going into the ninth inning, the score was tied 4-4, but when pitcher Nick Wittgren took to the mound, things fell apart quickly and the Rays had six runs that inning. The final score was 10-5.
According to Wittgren’s wife Ashley, the pitcher has received death threats since the game’s conclusion. The threats have even been aimed at the pitcher’s kids, Ashley said in a recent Twitter post:
To be clear, the game was a regular season Friday night game and the Indians are currently still about .500.
This is certainly not the first time derogatory/threatening social media commentary has been made against players this year. Back in April, Indians first baseman Yu Chang was on the receiving end of racist tweets after making a costly error during a game.
The team issued the following statement:
“The Wittgren family brought the situation to our attention following last night’s game and we took immediate steps to notify the appropriate authorities. We continue to work through all available security channels in an ongoing attempt to identify individuals who engage in this type of behavior towards our team members and eliminate future instances. Abusive and threatening language undermines the ability of social media platforms to create positive, healthy connections.”
Following a deluge of support on social media, Nick took to Twitter to thank fans, saying: “Thank you for all of the kind messages. Sadly this is considered ‘normal’ in professional sports. It’s happened to 90% of players I know and basically after every bad outing a player has. But there is nothing normal about threatening someone and their families lives.”