Sportress of Blogitude

Derek Holland fires back at critics over Bryce Harper’s walk-off grand slam

Derek Holland is taking full responsibility for surrendering Bryce Harper’s walk-off grand slam on Thursday night, but the Chicago Cubs reliever was not about to back down from his social media critics, either.

Holland was among the three Cubs pitchers who took the mound in the ninth inning hoping to preserve a 5-1 lead. Things obviously blew up in spectacular fashion, with Harper’s clutch grand slam giving the Philadelphia Phillies a thrilling 7-5 comeback victory, not to mention a three-game sweep.

On Friday morning, it became apparent that Holland was taking great offense to the chatter on Twitter over the crushing loss, even firing back at a tweeted barb from Forbes’ Phil Rogers, who bemoaned the Cubs’ bullpen woes.

Holland even took time to respond to regular fans who were calling him out.

Technically speaking, the Cubs actually are in a first-place tie with the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central, with 64-57 and 63-56 records, respectively, which both amount to a .529 winning percentage.

Holland went on to accept full blame for the loss in a pair of Twitter replies.

Holland, no stranger to generating headlines throughout his MLB career, arguably deserves credit for owning up to giving up Harper’s clutch round-tripper. The case can be made, though, that engaging random critics on Twitter rarely serves any purpose or benefit for a professional athlete.