Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Two Different Approaches to Twitter

  Rangers righthander Matt Garza, and Blue Jays minor league leftie Daniel Norris both demonstrate their social media awaremess through their Twitter accounts. While Garza perhaps let his emotions get the best of him in a recent exchange, Norris shows a philosophical and reflective side that's rare among athletes.

   Garza recently got into a sparring match with Eric Sogard's wife Kayce, after the A's 1st baseman laid down a safety squeeze against Garza. The Rangers pitcher had some words for Sogard, whereupon Mrs Sogard had a tweet in repsonse for Garza:


    Contrast this with some  typical Norris entries:
 


  To his credit, Garza did apologize for his outburst next day.  At the same time, Norris shows more maturity and restraint.
   As we've seen with the unfortunate JP Arencibia Twitter episode this summer, sometimes social media makes athletes and celebrities a little bit too accessible for some fans. And again, in fairness to Garza, he may be more of a target than a prospect playing low-A ball.  One would think a major leaguer would have thicker skin than that.
   Interesting, just the same.
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