Every workplace has a social media policy. Some companies encourage the use of Twitter and Instagram, and other companies ban it for productivity reasons. Generally, the pro-social media companies like the promotion, but when you’re a professional athlete, you’re in charge of your own brand. However, you still can’t break the rules of your team, and the Boston Red Sox have a no social media policy during games. Pablo Sandoval was benched after liking a picture on Instagram during a game. Whoops.
“The clubhouse is not run amok. This is an incident I believe is isolated. My focus is to get better on the field every day,” said Boston manager John Farrell, who replaced Bobby Valentine in 2012. “It is disappointing because it is a rule that is known by all. It is not tolerable. Any social media is not permissible during a game. There is a time of the day where phones are shut off and you pay attention to the game at hand. When actions run counter to that, there are consequences to be had.”
Of course Sandoval, a World Series hero and former San Francisco Giant, isn’t an ordinary player, but when you’re in last place in the American League East and you have a lousy 28-39 record, you have to do what you have to do to keep your players in the game. Looking at pictures online isn’t very helpful, unless those pictures are a how-to guide for hitting home runs or striking out batters.
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