They say timing is everything.
When you consider that the Astros are coming off of a third consecutive season with more than 100 losses, when you consider Jim Crane is the perceived scourge of the town in the Great Comcast Standoff of 2014, and when you consider that Missouri and soon-to-be NFL defensive end Michael Sam just bravely announced to the world that he is gay on Sunday, the most imperfect social media storm would have to involve an Astros player sending a tweet containing a homophobic slur.
And right on cue, those imperfect Twitter storm clouds gathered on Monday afternoon and the Twitter skies opened up on pitcher Jarred Cosart's timeline.
Yes, Cosart, a likely fixture in the Astros starting rotation in the coming season, in a back and forth with former teammate Tyson Gillies, reminded the native Canadian that while his country boasted numerous gold medal winners in this year's Olympics, Canada also must claim troubled pop star/drug enthusiast/douche bag Justin Bieber.
Of course, it would have been more acceptable for Cosart to call Bieber any of the things I just labeled him in the previous paragraph, but instead he went with the three letter homophobic slap in the face:
Great tweet, former Phillies prospect pic.twitter.com/NkWdr0P9PK
— Paul Boyé (@paul_boye) February 10, 2014
Twitter was quick to line up and set Cosart straight, and not surprisingly he just as quickly deleted the post in question:
@JarredCosart Hiding your bigotry is better than being proud of it, I guess.
— Kevin Lappin (@kevinlappin) February 10, 2014
Cosart's maturity has always been a concern, dating back to his days in the Phillies organization before he was dealt to the Astros as part of the Hunter Pence trade. His lack of self awareness yesterday doesn't give a whole lot of hope that he's "figured it out," although admittedly his 1.50 ERA in ten starts last season probably buy him some time to iron out his learning curve.
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For their part, the Astros issued this statement yesterday in an effort to put Cosart's Twit-cident behind them:
"We do not condone the language used on Twitter today by Jarred. It is unacceptable from anyone in our organization. We've spoken to Jarred about this matter, and he is extremely remorseful. He realizes his mistake and has apologized."
Meanwhile, Michael Sam just inexplicably dropped another ten spots on someone's big board.