Josh Hader’s night started out great.
But it got not so great, fast.
The 24-year-old Brewers reliever made his All-Star Game debut at Nationals Park, and had reporter Jon Heyman fawning over him.
Josh Hader is my new favorite all star. I named him nicest, most unassuming all star and he gave me a lefty fist bump. From nearby Maryland, this is a real treat for him and his family. #crew
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 17, 2018
Then came his performance.
Hader entered a tie game in the the top of the eighth. He left having recorded one out, surrendering four hits and three runs.
And that wasn’t even close to the lowest point of his night.
During the game, he had some awful, old tweets exposed. They ran the gamut of hate.
— (@RielIy) July 18, 2018
After his National League side lost 8-6 in 10 innings, Hader was naturally a focus of reporters in the locker room.
The Brewers lefty issued the typical “I was immature” response, which is obviously true.
But when asked what’d changed in his beliefs between the tweets he sent out as a 17-year-old and now, he said “nothing.”
Josh Hader addresses the tweets that surfaced during the game pic.twitter.com/Zzh6uS2frH
— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) July 18, 2018
Then he admitted that what he tweeted was on his mind as a teenager.
Josh Hader apologized and said his awful tweets do not reflect his current views. “When you’re a kid, you tweet what’s on your mind,” he said.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) July 18, 2018
Not “I didn’t understand what I was saying,” or “I’ve learned a lot since then.” But straight up, This is how I felt, but now that I’m older I know not to broadcast those feelings.
At least he found someone with apparently similar views to be with in hateful bliss, I guess.
— Cub Fan Javy Man (@RizzoIsCaptain) July 18, 2018