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Xander Bogaerts tweeted a photo of a scantily clad female early Thursday morning after the Red Sox won a 14-inning game against the Chicago White Sox. The 21-year-old Bogaerts quickly removed the tweet and his account.
The news broke and was quickly addressed by Bogaerts in a surprisingly mature fashion. He took full responsibility saying,
“It definitely wasn’t my intention. Once I found out it was on Twitter, I went immediately and deleted it and locked my Twitter account. One thing’s for sure, I don’t want it to be a distraction on the team or for me. Hopefully my focus can just stay on baseball.”
It must have been a mistake because Bogaerts is not all that active on the popular social media site known for its 140-character entries, photo and meme sharing. The fans were just as surprised by the photo of the half-naked woman as he was, which resulted in a flurry of retweets of the image of a woman wearing a thong and a black top.
Many professional baseball players, at the major and minor league level, have Twitter accounts. The Boston Red Sox address issues surrounding social media at the beginning of each season.
Coach John Farrell spoke with Bogaerts about the incident prior to Thursday’s series finale with the Chicago White Sox He was confident after that conversation that this would be a “one-time incident” for Bogaerts.
The X-Man had a rough start in Chicago with an erred throw to Mike Carp that allowed Alexei Ramirez to score the winning run Tuesday night. In the next two games, he turned things around offensively with 1 home run, 3 hits, and 2 RBIs increasing his batting line to .264/.391/.302.
Bogaerts earned his way up to the number two spot in the lineup thanks to his work during these last two games.
The Boston Red Sox return to Fenway Park for a 7-day home stand starting tonight against the Baltimore Orioles.