Brewers fans greet Josh Hader with loud cheers in first outing since offensive tweets surfaced

Milwaukee Brewers fans let Josh Hader know that they’re still in his corner despite several of his past racist, sexist, bigoted and homophobic tweets surfacing following his appearance in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

The second-year reliever was cheered loudly when he entered to pitch the seventh inning of Milwaukee’s 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night at Miller Park.

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Here’s a sample of Hader’s reception, which shows several fans coming to their feet after his name was announced.

Hader received another rousing ovation after completing two scoreless innings on the hill. After the game, he was appreciative of the support.

The warm greeting comes one day after Hader earned the support of his teammates by delivering a reportedly tearful apology in the clubhouse. Hader apologized again publicly while meeting the media before Friday’s game.

Hader first apologized immediately following his appearance in the All-Star Game. The tweets were originally discovered moments after he allowed a home run to Jean Segura of the Seattle Mariners. The offensive tweets were posted over an eight-month span when Hader was 17.

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MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 21: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park on July 21, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
US starting pitcher Josh Hader pitches against Canada in the men's baseball gold medal game at the Pan American Games July 19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. AFP PHOTO/KEVIN VAN PAASSEN (Photo credit should read KEVIN VAN PAASSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers poses during Photo Day on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 10: Josh Hader #17 of the Milwaukee Brewers and Team USA pitches during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Petco Park on Tuesday, July 10, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MARYVALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers poses for a portrait during a MLB photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park on February 22, 2017 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 10: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 10, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. It was Hader's first career MLB apperance. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 01: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Miller Park on July 01, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25: Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader (71) during a MLB game between the Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers on July 25, 2017, at Nationals Park, in Washington DC. The Brewers defeated the Nationals 8-0. (Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 08: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 8, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - APRIL 11: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 11, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Josh Hader
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 30: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 30, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Brewers won 6-5 as Hader struck out eight of the nine batters he faced. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Josh Hader
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 30: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park on May 30, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers defeated Cardinals 3-2. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 03: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Miller Park on July 3, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers and the National League pitches during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 20: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers stands for the singing of the national anthem before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park on July 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball decided Hader’s tweets did not warrant a suspension. However, he will be required to go through sensitivity training and participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Hader began that process Friday after meeting with Billy Bean, who serves as the league’s ambassador for inclusion. 

In Milwaukee, it’s clear the focus is back on Hader’s performance. He retired six of the seven batters he faced in Saturday’s outing, with four outs coming by strikeout. Hader lowered his season ERA to 1.44, while the Brewers snapped a seven-game losing streak.

It will be interesting to see now how Hader is received elsewhere around MLB. The Brewers next road game will be Thursday night in San Francisco.

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