Daisuke “Dice-K” Matsuzaka began his game perfectly yesterday, but the New York Mets turned it into an error. After the starting pitcher struck out the first three batters he faced, the team attempted to combine the “K” abbreviation for strikeout with his nickname by labeling him “Dice-KKK” on Twitter – thereby making an unwitting reference to the Ku Klux Klan.
After an immediate negative outpouring from fans and sports journalists across the social network, the Mets deleted the tweet and apologized for it, declaring “That was unintended.”
Daisuke earned the nickname Dice-K as a phonetic attempt at making his Japanese name more easily pronounceable in English after he joined Major League Baseball. The K in his nickname has frequently been emphasized in reference to his strikeouts, but never before in quite the manner the Mets did yesterday – and considering the embarrassment which ensued, likely never again. No word yet on whether the employee running the official Mets Twitter account still has a job.