Well, Longoria’s partying ways were never a problem when he was hitting .300 with 30 home runs, and playing Gold Glove defense. And it was definitely not a problem when the Rays were winning.
But now Longoria is struggling (almost all of his offensive numbers will be career-lows), and the Rays are out of contention this early in the season for the first time since 2007.
The frustration by both the fans, and Longoria, boiled over on Twitter Saturday night.
It started with Longoria looking for a recommendation on a place to get a massage in Seattle. But then he apparently changed his plans and went out. He announced to the Twitterverse that he was drinking wine around 10:00pm west coast time.
This led to a number of people on Twitter questioning Longoria’s decision to be out late, the night before a 1:00pm game. One person in particular pointed out that Longoria is sporting a career-low OPS. Well, Longoria had enough…
Hows your OPS? #YDYJIDM
YDYJIDMRT stands for “You Do Your Job, I’ll Do Mine.”
Then around 11:00pm Seattle time, Longoria took it a step further, announcing to the world that he was out with two ladies.
Then silence. For an entire FIVE HOURS. At 4:00 am Seattle time, Longoria “retweeted*” something that a follower had said to him about ignoring haters. Anybody think Longoria was sleeping during those five hours?
Then, at about 11:00 am Seattle time, seven hours after his last tweet, Longoria was up, and sent out one last (indirect) parting shot to all his detractors.
Much love and respect for all my twitter fans who actually follow for the right reasons. For you I am truly appreciative. #playhardalways
For the record, Longoria went 1-3 with 2 walks and an RBI in the game. And there was a questionable slide into second base trying to break up a double-play in the eighth inning. Only one problem: there were two outs. Oops.
Of course, the Rays partying ways made headlines recently when Carl Crawford told the media that the Red Sox don’t party as much as the Rays. And it was about a year ago, when Crawford told the local media that he didn’t understand how his teammates can stay out late and still do their jobs well.
Again, if the Rays were winning and Longoria was playing well, this wouldn’t be a problem. And really, maybe it still isn’t a problem. But it sure doesn’t look good. And it sure sounds like Longoria is getting frustrated.
*In the Twitter world, “retweeting” is a way of saying to your followers, “hey, look what somebody else said.”