The Seattle Mariners weren’t keeping Steve Clevenger in the organization for his offense. He’s a career .225 hitter. Like all backup catchers, Clevenger hangs onto a major-league salary because he’s good with the mitt, decent at throwing out runners, and smart enough in his handling of pitchers that you can pencil him into the lineup once a week or so and he won’t hurt you.
That’s the last time you’ll ever see “Clevenger” and “smart” in the same sentence.
He hit the “Tweet” button on racist comments that are less evil than just stupid, ignorant, stupid. In this climate, today, right now in America, he tweeted what was in his heart, apparently, the real Steve Clevenger, which is stupid, just stupid.
And he’ll never have another job in baseball. Thirty-year-old backup catchers do better than okay, relative to the average working schmuck, and he’ll be lucky to land a half-stipend job coaching catchers at East Dumbshit Community College. Who would hire him? Only somebody stupider even than he is.
It could be Clevenger woke up and said, “What have I done?” Or he might just be too fucking stupid.