About the time the Washington Nationals bullpen was surrendering a two-run home run to Pablo Sandoval in the back end of the double header (of which the Nats dropped both games), free agent pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was pressing send on a tweet to troll his former employer.
And we use the term employer loosely. If players draw paychecks every two weeks, Jeffress wasn’t in camp long enough to collect the first one. When Jeffress was added on a minor league contract there was excitement around the transaction. Most fans thought he was a great addition and would easily make the team out of spring training, bolstering an already improved bullpen.
Then things went south. In a hurry.
Jeremy Jeffress took to Twitter to troll the Washington Nationals as their bullpen was losing the backend of a double header.
There were too many pieces of the puzzle to put together for anyone outside the organization to know why Jeffress was ultimately given his untimely release. Jeffress had yet to throw a pitch in a game for the Nationals.
Jeffress took to social media after the Nationals cut ties with him and directed vile at his former agent. As the rumors swirled, fans were left wondering what was going on and who had general manager Mike Rizzo’s ear. Rizzo was very vague on the decision to part ways with the embattled pitcher, simply saying it was a “personnel matter.”
Embattled pitcher. Twice suspended for violating Minor League Baseball’s policy for drugs of abuse then a DWI charge while he was playing for the Texas Rangers are some of the infractions from his past. Then there was the domestic assault charge, which was eventually dropped, while Jeffress played for the Royals.
Needless to say there is some baggage there.
Then there is the tweet directed at the Nationals during the game.
This is trolling on a couple different levels. Laughing at the team for the decision they made to jettison him. Laughing at the relievers (who are colleagues within the MPBPA) for getting lit up. For a guy who was there (5.02 ERA in 2019) not long ago, he sure is throwing stones for living in a glass house.
If Jeffress has any chance of getting back into the league, trolling teams on social media isn’t exactly the best way to garner attention.
While he sits in the unemployment line, the Nationals prepare for the Los Angeles Dodgers.