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Steve Geltz has had a rough couple of weeks and apparently some fans made it even worse.

In the first game of the Mariners series, Geltz came into the game in the sixth inning with the score tied 2-2 and two runners on base. The first batter he faced hit a 3-run home run and the Rays went on to lose 5-2.

Two days later, in the 11th inning of the final game of the Mariners series, Geltz gave up a walk-off home run to the first batter of the inning and the Rays lost 6-5.

And then on Sunday, Geltz came into the game in the 9th inning to try and save a 1-run lead. There were 2 outs and one runner on base. The first pitch Geltz threw ended up in the stands and the Rays lost 7-6.

On top of that, Geltz has been battling a recurring allergic reaction from an unknown source.

And yet, none of that seems as bad as what Geltz has been dealing with on social media.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Geltz has been receiving death threats in social media over his recent performance.

Geltz said he remains undaunted by criticism — which he said included death threats via social media — and confident he will work his way through it.

“People are out for vengeance for me. People are out for my head. Social media — they send you just negative, mean (things). Stuff that nobody needs to hear.”

To his credit, Geltz says he is not bothered by the comments, noting that “It doesn’t hurt my feelings. It kind of makes me sad for that person that their whole everything is revolved around talking down on a guy and being demeaning.”

But while that is the politically correct way to handle the comments, it would take a stronger person than most to be truly unaffected by something as serious as a death threat, even if you are 99.9% sure the idiots just have Twitter muscles and would never actually do anything.

It is also a reminder that every fan base has idiots, not just the Yankees and Red Sox.

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  1. Jim says:

    Topkin didn't sound like he was 100% convinced it happened on the radio this morning. He was skeptical at best.

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  2. Gus says:

    Unless he's a teenager on snapchat and it all vanished, he should have evidence of these threats and turn them over to the police. If not, then move on.

    Bring back Arencibia!! He and Casalli were the best catching production over a 2-month period that the Rays have ever had. Plus, the Band Perry does a nice national anthem.

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