Hopefully where ever he is, he's got some people who understands him. I just hope that his family understands that he's gone to a (probably) better place.
Re: There's a time and place for everything. This is not the time.
Actually, my issue is the "place." Twitter was NOT the place to try to delve into Irabu's psyche post-humously. There's only so much you can squeeze into 140 characters, and if Sherman had a softer, underlying message, there's no way it was getting crammed in there.
I read several articles yesterday where Irabu's "issues" weren't swept under the rug, but were addressed with dignity and class. After all, as much as we like to be all Pollyana, if you're going to address a man's death, you can't omit "major" chunks of his life in doing so. (If Barry Bonds were to drop dead tomorrow, I'd find it the height of ridiculousness if an article completely glossed over his "surliness.") But with the luxury of space, it can be done in a respectful manner with all context intact.
I'm not defending Sherman. From what I've seen, even with 140 THOUSAND characters, he probably still would have been a douche about it. So he would have been better off saying nothing at all.
To echo your comments: Rest in peace, Hideki. I'll never know what demons haunted you in this life, but I hope you find peace from them in the next.
Talking bad about the deceased is in pretty bad taste, but so is talking bad about the living, which is what we all did about Irabu while he was alive. I think Brien touched on this in his post. Maybe that should be his legacy…lets tone down the personal attacks on atheletes that we don't know personally.