I really hope Xander Bogaerts girlfriend Janelly Martinez didn’t follow him on Twitter.
The 21 year old Red Sox rookie is a sensation in Boston with legions of fans despite less than half a season with the big club. It should be no surprise that Xander has plenty of suitors when it comes to the ladies. Unfortunately while opportunity may be thrown at him regularly, Xander needed a little more discretion when it comes to his public Twitter account.
On April 16, Xander tweeted a picture of a woman who was not Janelly Martinez in a damn revealing outfit (OK, fine, it was a short shirt and a long, long disappeared thong). After the recent controversy with a similarly unintended tweet from US Air, Xander did what most people in a relationship would do: Sprinted to delete his Twitter account.
It’s not the worst thing for Xander to do. Managing social media when you’re probably inundated with pictures of a similar theme is likely challenging. It’s very possible that Xander truly made a mistake in his public tweet and decided his infrequently used Twitter account just wasn’t worth the headaches it caused.
Xander faced the issue head on, explaining to the Boston Globe why he acted so quickly,
Once I found out, I had to do the right thing and correct it. One thing’s for sure: I don’t want any distraction on the team or for me. No one’s perfect, you know? Be a man and just face the situation. Once I found out, I took it out.”
Not much is known about Janelly Martinez (and frankly, we had to search high and low to come down with a name). We know that she traveled to Aruba with him as he was welcomed home a hero and a World Series champion last November. She was also in Boston with the rest of his family when Xander received his World Series ring in April.
No doubt that Xander has learned a quick lesson about the dangers of social media. In the Globe article he hasn’t ruled out a return saying:
Why not? It was a mistake. Everyone learns from their mistakes.