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.
All because of this homerun to Harper I’m a reason we didn’t construct the bullpen very well?— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) August 16, 2019
Holland even took time to respond to regular fans who were calling him out.
Actually they are. We’re still in first place— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) August 16, 2019
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.
Don’t blame them. Blame me. And the pitch was not down the middle. It was inside off the plate. And we lost because of me not because of them. I gave up the homer. Not them. Hold me accountable for the actions that Happened.— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) August 16, 2019
Ohh i know it’s my fault we lost. I threw the pitch he hit it. It was a pitch not even on the plate. He got the big contract to do that. Tip your cap and move on— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) August 16, 2019
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.