It was quite the gruesome scene on Wednesday night during a spring training game between the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals. Reds’ pitcher Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Royals’ catcher Salvador Perez. It was a scary moment and still makes some people shudder just thinking about getting a 99 mph fastball hit back at his face.
Well, one sportswriter from Ohio thought that the line drive hitting Chapman in the face was ‘karma’. Yes, a terrible event such as a ball hitting a pitcher directly in the face, fracturing facial bones, was thought to be karma by even the shallowest of sportswriters.
Check out this tweet that was posted shortly after Chapman went down:
Dude… RT “@SpinDavies: Hope he’s okay but that’s karma for throwing 100 mph at Nick Swisher’s head last season, Aroldis Chapman.”
— Cole Lopez (@ColeLopez77) March 20, 2014
The tweet was deleted shortly after, but it was definitely a lapse in judgement by a spiteful Cleveland Indians fan/writer. He was associated with Fox Sports Ohio and you can probably bet that he will be in hot water when it comes time for his quarterly evaluation — or even sooner.
Chapman is one of the best closers in the game and he throws harder than anyone out there. The fact that his unbelievable fastball hit him square in the face was a travesty and it’s tough to watch any young player go down.
For someone to infer that it was ‘karma’ that his career might be in jeopardy because of a wild pitch that no one can really guarantee was a head-hunting tactic is disgusting.
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