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Using Twitter To Connect With Athletes
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Using Twitter To Connect With Athletes

On Thursday, as some of you may already know, I went to the San Diego Chargers game vs the Seattle Seahawks. One of my favorite things to do at professional sporting events is to take pictures of all the players and of the stadium itself. It's a great way to save good memories and to have pictures of all of my favorite players from my point of view. These past few years I've made a habit of purchasing better seats so I can be closer to the action and get better photographs. And let me tell you, it's worth it.

I like to use twitter to see what professional athletes post and to try to talk to them (or "tweet" to them). So on Thursday, I was taking photographs and I noticed that one of the Charger players was talking to a woman with a young boy. I noticed the boy was wearing a Charger jersey and had the same last name as that of the player that was talking to them! I figured that had to be his son. So then I quickly took out my camera and as the player started to warm up close to the stands, I snapped a picture of him with his son in the background. I took a few photographs since the guy kept ducking as he was practicing hiking the ball, but I ended up managing to snap one really good photograph.

I showed my mom the picture when I got home and she thought it was the cutest thing. You could clearly see the little boy looking at his dad as he was warming up, and both of the last names of their jerseys were showing. I ended up tweeting the picture to the player (his name is Nick Hardwick) in hopes that he would see it and maybe like it.

I kind of hesitated a bit because I didn't want to infringe on anybody's personal life, but I figured, hey why not give it a try? If he doesn't like the picture for any reason, I can just apologize and then take it off. It's not like I had planned it beforehand, it was totally just a spur of the moment kind of thing. And guess what? He set my tweet as one of his favorites and also retweeted it! I guess he must have liked it huh? I was so stoked because I was able to actually show a picture to a professional athlete from my favorite team and actually have him like it. This is something that I would not have been able to do without twitter. I just might have made his day, because he has pictures of his son all over his twitter, but none like the one I sent him. He must really love him.


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