While Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes was dominating the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon, a sect of bored fans managed to pore through his old tweets to pull out and circulate some hilariously outdated nuggets from his high school days.
It all felt like fun and games; though the tweets were embarrassing/regurgitated rap lyrics that felt like a high school age Cortes puffing out his chest, the conversation was mostly innocent.
Unfortunately, that led to a confusing juxtaposition when Cortes’ first move after shutting down Chicago’s offense through eight innings was to delete his Twitter account entirely, just as his dominance was reaching the mainstream/MLB’s main handle was giving him publicity.
What happened? Was there something the jokesters missed?
Turns out, yes. Beyond the innocent Cortes tweets was another layer of youthful indiscretion, full of, um, the type of word typically found in a rap lyric that shouldn’t be echoed by a kid from Hialeah, posted from 2012-2015.
And so, Twitter gone. New account likely to follow?
Yankees’ Nestor Cortes Jr. deletes Twitter account after old tweets surface
Pretty Nasty, Nestor.
As we’ve seen countless times on Draft Night and in All-Star Games, if there’s something buried deep in your personal online history that shouldn’t see the light of day, it will be found by a hungry public looking to prick your balloon.
The Cortes tweets don’t feel out of place in a teenager’s web history from the early 2010s — and that’s the obvious problem. No one had any intention of “canceling” the likely All-Star Yankees left-hander, but the surfacing of tweets served as a solid reminder that this kind of thing was far too commonplace within the past decade, and even the humblest among us likely still have some work to do.
Cortes will be in the spotlight again this summer. As May turns to June, his league-leading ERA becomes harder and harder to ignore as an AL All-Star option, potentially even as the starter.
While this is the last thing he should be focused on right now — and it’ll be forgotten by his next start by everyone except the Most Online among us — the Yankees having a budding star go silent on social during his breakout is less than ideal.