Hampered by injuries to his wrist and leg, former Cubs infielder Ian Stewart has spent most of this season in the minor leagues. His obviously healthy typing fingers may have done even more damage to his career, though.
When a fan on Twitter congratulated him for a good game Monday and asked when the Cubs might call him back up to the majors, Stewart responded, “Probably never.”
According to Sports Illustrated
, Stewart, whose Twitter account has apparently been deleted, offered this explanation: “I meant they might as well release since I have no shot of a call up….let me
logged this tweet as well, in response to a fan who asked Stewart why he doesn’t just quit: “Why would I quit? I'm making 2 mill in AAA like u would give that up by quitting.”
Stewart went on to retweet someone who said the Cubs had “terrible leadership,” and said he didn’t think Cubs manager Dale Sveum liked him.
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For the Cubs’ part, team President Theo Epstein said he wishes Stewart the best, but that the team had to take disciplinary action.
“It’s pretty obvious that it’s not appropriate to criticize your manager in your organization on Twitter,” he told the Chicago Tribune
Stewart’s agent also pushed for a release from the team Tuesday. A release would mean the Cubs would at least have to pay off a part of Stewart’s $2 million contract, and he’d become a free agent.
writer Sam Laird suggests that neither party—Stewart or the Cubs—will come out of this situation unscathed.
“On one hand, his public anger is counterproductive to the Cubs, embarrassing for the club and sets a terrible example for younger teammates,” he wrote. “On the other, however, nothing he said was obscene or all that over the top.”
What do you think? Does the punishment fit the Twitter crime?