After some more thought, Arizona right fielder and 2012 College World Series Most Outstanding Player Robert Refsnyder has decided maybe the entire state of South Carolina isn’t racist.
Refsnyder was understandably offended by heckling he said clearly crossed the line during the Wildcats games against USC at TD Ameritrade Stadium.
You see, Refsnyder was born in South Korea. Those parents you saw ten thousand times during the ESPN broadcast this week actually adopted him when he was only three months old. It is a great story and by all accounts Refsnyder and his family are good people.
Unfortunately, not everyone out there is good people. According to Refsnyder, fans were not only making fun of his race, but also making death threats against his parents.
It goes without saying Refsnyder didn’t find racial slurs and death threats within the boundaries of good-natured heckling and took to Twitter to express his displeasure. Here are some of the tweets from his feed, @robrefsnyder.
“I will never live in South Carolina because they can’t accept Asians playing baseball,”
When people make death threats to my family and myself for being a certain color or race…caused some animosity
Haha man people are racist, wish you could have heard the things people were yelling at me tonight and the messages ive received! #forgive”
USC fans were quick to respond, and most of them politely telling Refsnyder not to judge the entire state based on a few jacklegs in the right field bleachers in Omaha. No word on if Governor Nikki Haley called to say, “It’s a great day in South Carolina for Korean and non Korean baseball players alike!”
Whatever the case, Refsnyder realized he had probably not reacted in the best way and ended up deleting the tweet and apologized for posting it.
Poor judgement on my part I apologize, nothing but respect for south carolina and ray tanner
Another reason Refsnyder might have changed his tune is the fact he was drafted in the 5th round of this month’s MLB draft by the Yankees. The Yankees Class A affiliate is the Riverdogs, located in Charleston, South Carolina. So that means there’s a good chance he’s going to be spending some time in the Palmetto State soon.
Even after the little Twitter blowup, Refsnyder still looks like he’s going to be getting the good old-fashioned southern hospitality for which our state is known. Here’s what one fan tweeted:
Congrats on the NC win. You are a NYY draftee and if you end up in Charleston and we will show you how great the state of SC.