Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Blue Jay Hunter's Guide to the Blue Jays on Twitter
By Ian Hunter
Unless an athlete has something particularly interesting to say other than the usual cliche-riddled sound byte, a lot of players are pretty quiet and keep to themselves. However, today's professional athlete is becoming more and more savvy to social networking and they are realizing the benefits of Twitter.
The Blue Jays have recently made a concerned effort to connect with fans, which I'm sure most of you guys really appreciate. And as trivial as it may sound, sometimes it's cool to find out what your favourite players do when they're not on the field.
With the addition of Jose Bautista as the seventh player on the Jays roster to join Twitter roster, I felt it was time to give you guys a guide to the Blue Jays players on Twitter.
Travis Snider (@Lunchboxhero45)
Travis got the ball rolling back on October 25th, and soon thereafter captured the attention of the entire Blue Jays Twittersphere. Snider used his high school moniker "Lunchbox" as his handle, as has been informing fans of his culinary adventures ever since.
We've learned from Travis as to who is the best at Guitar Hero player on the team, and despite his love for food, we often hear about Snider's furious workout schedule. Plus, that fact that he's mentioned "Meats Don't Clash" on several occasions is mind-blowing.
Ricky Romero (@RickyRo24)
It appears as though RR Cool Jay is very much enjoying the offseason from the comfort of his home state in California, and he also likes to chirp J.P. Arencibia about the Miami Heat. I have a feeling if it's a Lakers/Heat NBA Finals, things might get ugly in the Blue Jays clubhouse.
Through the magic of Twitter, we also discovered Romero is off the market, as he's dating current Miss USA, Rima Fakih.
It didn't take long for Jesse Litsch to follow suit from Travis Snider, and he hopped on Twitter just a few short weeks after "Lunchbox".
After various Litsch Twitpics, it appears as though Jesse has grown a beard of Jose Bautista proportions, but at least we know he'll be nice and warm during the unforgiving Canadian winter.
Vernon Wells (@VernonWells10)
V-Dub has actually been on the Twitter scene for quite a while, but like a sleeping giant, his Twitter account has been pretty dormant up until the past few months.
Vernon is obviously a big advocate for this charity "The Perfect 10 Foundation", but he also gives us some insight to his favourite sports team ... the Dallas Cowboys. By Vernon's account, it looks like the hotdogs at Cowboy stadium are outta sight.
J.P. Arencibia (@JPArencibia9)
JPA's Twitter feed is perhaps the most entertaining to read out of all the Blue Jays players so far, and I have yet to discover just exactly what "Beast Mode" is. Hopefully we'll find out come April.
Nevertheless, Arencibia keeps us entertained with his Twitpics of the beautiful surroundings in Miami, and the occasional cameos from none other than Jose Bautista. It sounds like JPA is a pretty good gamer too, and he laid down a little trash talk towards Brett Cecil in regards to NHL '11.
Brett Cecil (@CEC0208)
Right off the bat, you get the sense from Brett Cecil's Twitter account that he's a big family man. Just his display pic alone of his son wearing his jersey is enough to bring a grown man to tears.
No doubt Cecil gets in a lot of hunting down in his hometown of Dunkirk Maryland, as there are various pictures of Brett hoisting the horns of several Bucs he's bagged, and even his son has gotten in on the action!
Jose Bautista (@Joeybats19)
Last, but certainly not least ... we have the latest addition to the Blue Jays players on Twitter, Jose Bautista.
He resorted to using the nickname he gained in Pittsburgh "Joey Bats" as his handle, and although @AppreciateBautista would've been a cool handle, you can't blame the guy for going with @Joeybats19.
So far, Jose Bautista has only logged 5 tweets since joining yesterday, and you can tell already by his "short but sweet" tweets that Joey Bats is a no-nonsense kind of guy.