I don’t follow too many ballplayers on Twitter because most ballplayer Twitter accounts are uninteresting. But I follow a couple and, occasionally, some are retweeted into my timeline. Occasionally, late in the night, some of them will tweet funny and/or interesting things about that night’s game. Two made me chuckle in the wee hours this morning:
They say solo HR’s can’t beat you…unless you give up 4 of them. Get em next time. #Royals
— Jeremy Guthrie (@TheRealJGuts) May 15, 2013
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) May 15, 2013
I feel like maybe we’re in some fleeting sweet spot where ballplayers, so thoroughly conditioned to say nothing interesting to beat reporters in the clubhouse, will still show a little personality on social media. That door will likely close soon too as agents and team PR officials take greater control over that aspect of the game. Or when some ballplayer says something that crosses a line and gets himself released or something.
Also: we’re really not making a big enough deal about the fact that Jeremy Guthrie calls himself “JGuts.”
Until then, viva ballplayers with personalities.