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Glen Perkins’ wife pens essay about Twitter hate Twins closer experiences

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Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins couldn’t have started off his season any better, going 28-for-28 in save opportunities heading into the All-Star break. Since being named to the AL All-Star roster, Perkins’ performance has dropped off dramatically, as the pitcher has blown two saves and found himself on the hook for two losses in his past five appearances.

It’s hardly surprising, then, that Perkins, despite his tremendous run of success both this season and stellar play in previous seasons, has recently been subjected to an overabundance of hate on Twitter and social media.

Perkins’ wife, Alisha, penned an essay she published on her personal site entitled, “We all fall down,” in which she defends her husband but also takes a wider view by addressing the troubling issue of cyberbullying.

Listen, I get that you want to hold Glen to a higher standard because he gets paid a lot and you are used to him being darn near perfect but that does not give you the right to cyber bully him and our family when things don’t go according to plan.

Do you think he doesn’t feel bad already?

Do you think he wanted to fail?

You are delusional if you think he doesn’t feel worst than anyone when he doesn’t succeed.

 It is easy to hide behind a screen and spew venom at people you will never meet and who are doing things you could only dream of but it does not make it ok. The “cyber bullying” fad in America needs to stop; it is destructive, offensive, unnecessary, and just pain cowardly. Let’s have a little grace for one another and for ourselves.

Oftentimes, spouses of professional athletes only seem to invite trouble by speaking out publicly in defense of their partners. Since Alisha Perkins attempted to use her husband’s situation as a teaching moment likely will earn her far less condemnation than, say, the wife of Eric Decker, who last season engaged in a war of words with her husband’s social media critics that forced the New York Jets wideout to defend her for defending him on more than one occasion.

[H/T RandBall, image via bizjournals.com]