Ballplayers Say Farewell To Fans On Twitter
Social media allows baseball players to bypass the media and connect directly with the fans, for good and bad.
Increasingly, players are taking to Twitter to say good-bye to fans of their former team (and also to say hello to fans in the new city). Here’s a sampling of athletes thanking the fans of their former teams via Twitter:
Thanks to the @RedSox for everything and to Red Sox Nation for your support. Looking forward to being a part of the @Dbacks organization.
— Allen Webster (@11webster11) December 13, 2014
Gone, but taking a ton of great memories w/me. Thx for the gr8 love and support #RedSoxNation. AZDesert here I come ! pic.twitter.com/bosuB2eQMz
— Rubby De La Rosa ⚾️ (@RubbyDelarosa) December 12, 2014
To Red Sox Nation, I understand the disappointment. Boston will always have a big place in my heart and we’ll always consider y’all family! — Jon Lester (@JLester31) December 10, 2014
I want to say thank you to the Diamondbacks for 14 years in the organization. I made a lot of great friends and I’m going to miss them all. — miguel montero (@miggymont26) December 9, 2014
— Josh Donaldson (@BringerOfRain20) November 29, 2014
It is with a lot of emotion that I say goodbye to the city and the fans who have been there since the… http://t.co/IbyhZWQ55B
— Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) December 11, 2014
pic.twitter.com/KSkrZmKVUg — Dee Gordon (@FlashGJr) December 11, 2014
And, of course, Brett Lawrie just decided to do it fan by fan:
I’m sure u guys all remember seeing this little girl on YouTube about me leaving the jays so I thot I’d surprise her😁 pic.twitter.com/AUNyRloTgi
— Brett Lawrie (@blawrie13) December 12, 2014
New York, I can’t even put into words how much I’ve enjoyed and appreciated my time there. Thank y’all for an incredible 7 years. — David Robertson (@DRob30) December 11, 2014
pic.twitter.com/h5ZMzHMCu4 — Nelson Cruz (@ncboomstick23) December 4, 2014
And more. All in all, it’s a nice thing they do.