Alisha Perkins knows criticism is part of the game. But when her pro baseballing husband, Twins pitcher Glen Perkins, hit a rough patch two weeks ago, things got nasty.
The Stillwater-reared closer had been a perfect 28/28 in save opportunities, earning his third straight All Star Game appearance — an accomplishment for which his wife surprised him with a Porsche. However, since the break he’s blown two saves and given up seven home runs. Now the Twitter goons are letting him have it.
“Excuse my language, but literally ‘Your beard sucks! You’re a fucking loser!’” Alisha says of the types of comments hurled Glen's way. “Is that really necessary? Does that make you feel better about the fact that he didn’t do well today? Then it comes back to me — ‘He effing sucks since you gave him that Porsche! Take it away, he blows!’”
A sampling of tweets ranges from straight-up mean…
Saying that Glen Perkins is trash would be a disgrace to trash
… to profane and oddly personal …
Fuck you Glen Perkins— Eroc RDT (@BarstoolRDT) July 26, 2015
… just plain strange …
Glen Perkins just peed down his leg in Minnesota... Find a way, KC.— Michael J. (@revive85KC) July 26, 2015
… and, OK, this one’s sorta funny.
Someone tell the Pohlads to pay the ransom for Glen Perkins cause that Amish guy out there isnt cutting it.— Sir Sportsalot (@MNsportsinSD) July 26, 2015
Last week Alisha wrote a blog post addressing the online haters and reminding the world that, hey, sports guys are people, too. While equating Glen’s uncharacteristic mound woes to a nasty tumble she took on a run, Alisha writes about teaching their daughters that everybody falls sometimes.
While the post found its share of supporters, it’s also been used as fodder for haterade chuggers, Alisha says.
“After I wrote that article that so many people loved and appreciated, I started getting things like, ‘Thank God that Glen Perkins is on the road so much. His wife seems really annoying,’” she says. “Oh man, people. It’s never-ending.”
Admittedly, Alisha gets more defensive about the comments than Glen, who brushes off the personal attacks on him, she says. Fortunately, their kids, ages 7 and 8, haven’t been exposed to daddy’s detractors or cyber-bullying in general, though Alisha thinks it’s inevitable.
“I fear for the day that my kids are able to see the things that people say about their dad,” she says. “I can’t fathom that. That would devastate me if I heard somebody saying something bad about my dad.”
If Glen strings together a few cake-walk saves, the Twitter jerks should be kept at bay. But if we’ve learned anything from the discussion of internet vitriol, it’s that Minnesota hecklers need to step up their game. Lazy, functionless jeers like this hanging curveball should not be tolerated.
Nice job blowing the game @glenperkins— Jonny (@J_Stashh) July 26, 2015