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Chris Davis quit Twitter

Jul 17, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

Chris Davis AP

Chris Davis quit Twitter last week, shutting down his account just before the All-Star game because, as the MLB home run leader told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun: “It wasn’t my cup of tea.”

Having seen just a little of the steroid-accusing tweets directed at Davis for the past several months I can only imagine what it must have been like looking through his at-replies on a regular basis. Really, it’s amazing he lasted this long.

Or as Davis put it:

There was no correlation with any time of the year or anything like that. I tried it for about a year and it just wasn’t something I was into. For every nine positive things, you get one negative thing. I’ve had a great following and a lot of support on Twitter. But it’s just not something I cared to indulge in anymore.

That sounds about right, actually, although I’m way too far into my Twitter obsession to give it up. After all, how could I possibly quit something that provides amazing interactions like this one on a daily basis.

  1. mybrunoblog - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Obviously this is a pipe dream but I wish more pro athletes would delete their twitter accounts. They seem to cause way more harm than good.

    • km9000 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      I’m kinda glad there wasn’t the whole Twitter thing growing up. It would’ve been kind of disheartening to see my favorite athletes spell horribly, or write like teenage girls.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        How superior do you think teenage boys write?

      • blacksables - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        We didn’t write. We grunted.

      • km9000 - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Well, my hypothetical is coming from the viewpoint of my years as a teenage boy, so…

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        So you think your heroes might have written…? I don’t follow.

    • pjmitch - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Thank you Mybrunoblog. It’s what I have been saying for months. I think any athlete with a Twitter account is out of their mind. I have heard the supposed “pros” of why they have one but no matter who you are or how many fans you have, there are always going to be the haters. Why deal with that?

    • mntreehugger - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Don’t stop there. I would like to see the whole damn thing erased from existence.

    • fpstratton - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Roger that, mybrunoblog. Now, if we could just get rid of facebook, another useless commodity from which more harm than good comes, the world would be a better place.

  2. thebadguyswon - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Twitter is a bane upon humanity. What a ridiculous invention. Gotta go….have to go check how many people liked my recent Facebook update.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Hee-ha!

    • eightyraw - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Or it is a fantastic new form of media

  3. dluxxx - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I don’t know. There are quite a few that are pretty funny/interesting to follow. I, for example, like most of the stuff from Chris Kluwe, Glen Perkins, and Brandon McCarthy. But yeah, plenty of them are a little too “Rise and Grind” for me. Kinda lame.

    Also, Davis should have learned a little more about the “block” function. He would have probably had a better time with Twitter after separating the wheat from the chaff, so to speak…

    • dluxxx - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Sorry, that was supposed to be a reply to bruno.

    • vivabear - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      I’ll be chaff, you be wheat.

  4. anotheryx - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    “For every nine positive things, you get one negative thing”

    Sure it’s not the other way around?

    • southpaw2k - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      I wondered that too, but considering he followed that by saying he’s had a lot of support on Twitter and a large number of followers, I think he meant what he said. I’d bet he’s gotten a whole lot more encouragement and support from fans than the few who feel the need to ask him if he’s on PEDs.

  5. historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Hey, I just recently figured out where my @ replies were. I can’t imagine he’d read them all.

    PS His Heterochromianess just rejoined the Twitterverse.

  6. dowhatifeellike - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I think if athletes are going to do social media, they should have a professional running their account(s). Maybe teams could hire a handful of people in the PR department to handle their athletes and coaches.

    As dumb as the Average Person on the Internet is, athletes seem to fall well short of that mark. Team PR people should at least make them prove they can read and write before turning them loose.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      What fun would that be?

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      I wonder how far in judgement of people we go as far as the masses go over something as innocuous as twitter. There’s a few people that tweet stupid things from time to time.

      Guess what, we ALL say stupid things from time to time. Using twitter or facebook to vent? People get ripped for such things. Guess what? We’re humans, we need to vent.

      I don’t think athletes are too dumb for twitter. I think certain people who make their bones or get their kicks out of exploiting other people’s missteps should be banned from twitter, or pegged with rocks or something.

      Oh, by the way, all first world problems.

      • thumper001 - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Can you imagine how different the world would be today if people like Jimi Hendrix were Twitterati?

        Jimi @PurpleHaze
        @helloworld RUX peer E unced?

        I’m pretty sure the world as we know it would have imploded, ripping the space-time continuum. Especially, given the already fragile nature of Mr. Hendrix, and the horrible amount of BS he would have been subjected to along the way, virtually 24×7. Like; @PurpleHaze UR A doper. ESAD. In the end, America would have been left with Tony Orlando and Dawn, the Captain and Tennille, and maybe the Partridge Family (but I hear Shirley Jones was quite the freak, pre-cougar days, so maybe not). Mr. Hendrix didn’t last forever, but you know what? I bet his music does…Tie a yellow ribbon around that, y’all.

        See? There really is something underlying the expression “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. I know I would view people like Tim McCarver more fondly if we only heard from, or about them, every 5 years or so. But your mileage may very.

        @ChrisDavis Here, let Jimi and his 12-string walk you back home bro…tune is called “Hear My Train a Comin'”…

        Here’s the full-tilt version, just in case (hi quality version put up for the ages by Martin Scorsese):

  7. modellforprez - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    you could possibly quit and get a life. but thats just my opinion

  8. dowhatifeellike - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I followed Chris for a while, but all he tweeted were Bible verses.

    • km9000 - Jul 17, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      WWJT?

  9. raysfan1 - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I don’t have a twitter account but enjoy other social media, including this blog. It’s unfortunate that some just feel they have to be jerks, whether intentionally offensive or just clueless–because it does detract from the enjoyment. It’s cool to be able to come here and interact with other fans, and that on this blog the writers interact in the comments as well. I’d say the decent folk:troll ratio here is better than 9:1. (On the football pages, the ratio is much lower, sometimes leading me to skip their comment sections.)

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      I agree with you about the football blogs, although the ratio is probably 7:1. There are plenty of erudite football fans.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        I’ll go along with 7:1 on Collegefootball talk, but maybe 4:1 on Profootballtalk. There are indeed a lot of erudite football fans, so my perception may be just that some of the jerks at times monopolize the attention.

  10. anthonyverna - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    I like my Twitter account, but I use it in moderation. It’s part work, part hobbies. So I balance it – but I also have few people accusing me of doing anything untoward on Twitter, also.

  11. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Oddly appropriate for today’s news:

    http://www.xkcd.com/

  12. tbutler704 - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Twitter is stupid. I love Twitter.

  13. 8man - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Sounds to me like he’s attempting to become even more dialed in for the stretch run. Love to see him hit 61 – and be steroid/PED free.

    Please, God! Can we have one guy who’s a natural?

  14. 13arod - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Everybody that says chris davis is onsteriods is a a hole

  15. giantssb42champs - Jul 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Hoping this may start a trend.

  16. caeser12 - Jul 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Tazo Green Tea is excellent.

  17. TheNaturalMevs - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    It’s sad that people go after athletes on Twitter…. but…. the guy is on steroids or some type of PEDs. Just wait and see.

    • thebadguyswon - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      I wouldn’t doubt it.

  18. scdocal - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Other players should follow suite. Smart man

  19. mmmpierogi - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I love how this story makes not just the front page of my sports-specific news, but general NBC news. You’d think there’d be more important things to discuss given that it’s the middle of the season and all.

  20. daveincleveland - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Twitter is perfect for media outlets to pass along news. They should really be the only entity allowed to post things. Sports players should not be able to. The landscaper down the street also should not be able to. As is, Twitter is 98% saturated by pointless idiocy. Couple that with reality television, and it’s saddening to witness the stupification of America.

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