It isn't common for 21-year-old star athletes to voice their political opinions.
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Bauer isn't common.
During the Presidential debate Monday night, Bauer took to twitter and let his opinion on President Obama be known.
Obama looked childish and petty tonight. I'm ashamed that he is commander in chief of this great nation.— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) October 23, 2012
When anybody tweets their political feelings, it stirs reaction. When a high-profile athlete does it, it borders on frenzy. Here's some of the reaction:
@baueroutage here I was thinking you were super cool.. and then you had to start talking politics..— The Skaggs (@iamsupreme) October 23, 2012
@baueroutage I wish athletes tweets were reviewed by a public relations person b4 sending.— Chris Sobel (@AmazinMetFan) October 23, 2012
Bauer took the time to answer many of the users who were critical -- or just downright rude and obnoxious.
@baueroutage You are such an IDIOT.Maybe your career will be a short one I hope you break your damn neck— Shelby E Price (@alonzo1871) October 24, 2012
@alonzo1871 that's not very kind. I would never wish for you to break your neck— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) October 24, 2012
@baueroutage stick to your day job---or better yet since your so smart--stop playing baseball and run for office heard its real easy job— Donnis Henry (@mtc347) October 24, 2012
@mtc347 as bad as I am at baseball, I'd be worse at politics. No denying that— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) October 24, 2012
We took a couple of things away from this experience. One, the vast majority on social media have "twitter muscles" -- behind the anonymity of 140 characters or less, they'll appear real tough to those of a higher public profile.
And two, Bauer, who has been accused by some of being "immature", showed tremendous restraint and yes, maturity toward some idiots who apparently don't think a baseball player can have an opinion on anything non-baseball-related.