Here’s the irony about social media: It’s not very social.
Post a photo of a box of puppies online and you may elicit a row of smiling emojis. But it’s no guarantee. Weigh in on something more substantive and you invite pushback. Broach the subject of politics and you’d better be wearing asbestos undergarments.
Into this maelstrom wades New York Yankees slugger and Linden’s favorite son Aaron Judge.
A curious (if well-intentioned) fit? No, and I’ll tell you why. You could curl up with Judge’s Twitter account for hours without reading a disparaging word. Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood was never this civil.
Two, his parents are longtime educators.
And three, another longtime California educator, Matt Soeth, is not only a family friend of the Judges but co-founded the initiative #icanhelp, which endeavors to equip young students to navigate social media.
An impossible dream? So was a rookie hitting 52 home runs — until Judge did it last season.
“In this world there’s a lot of negativity, and that’s kind of what I’ve seen on social media,” Judge said in a public service announcement. “That’s the norm. But if you can kind of go outside your own lines and spread your own lines and and spread positivity online, that’s kind of the main goal.”
Soeth not only wants #icanhelp to encourage students to use consideration on social media, as well as provide support to victims of cyber bullying.
Aaron Judge dropped in on an #icanhelp outing to Monday night’s A’s-Yankees game (Judge, still recovering from a chip fracture in his right wrist sustained on July 26, wasn’t in the lineup).
“This is just not a passing thing,” Patty Judge, who sits on the #icanhelp board, told the New York Post. “This is a revolution. We are learning how to treat each appropriately with social media.”
Speaking of: Judge, the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year, has been swinging the bat pain-free the past few days. “It felt great,” he told ESPN. “We’ll see how it feels in the morning.”
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