Colorado Rockies: David Dahl on social media and his dog’s Instagram
Last season, as he recovered from a rib injury that kept him off a Major League roster for the entire campaign, Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl knew what was being said on social media about him. He knew the jokes about being “a ghost” and saw the snarky comments about his inability to get back on the field.
Sadly, it’s part of being a professional athlete in today’s day and age. Pick a social media platform and it’s easy for anyone to hide behind a profile picture that isn’t theirs or a user name that provides complete anonymity.
On the same day that Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta responded back to a Twitter user who asked him to “get a hit once in a blue moon,” I chatted with Dahl about his social media experience last season … and how it continues today.
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“It doesn’t really get to me too much,” Dahl said of the criticism lobbed at him when he goes through a struggle at the plate. “I had people asking me if I was ever going to play again. It sucks but you can’t really look into it. It’s just people hiding behind a keyboard. I just brush it off. I don’t respond.”
Yet for all of the times that social media can be frustrating for professional athletes, the bad behavior isn’t keeping Dahl and his fiancée from seeing a new Instagram sensation born in their golden retriever, Rookie.
How did it start and where is it going? I asked Dahl.