Philly’s 10 Best Pro Athletes on Twitter
References to the Almighty God. Mentions of Jesus Christ. Bible verse citations. Heads up about heading into practice. Vague references to “grinding” and/or “putting in work.” Thanking Uber for the ride. The Twitter lives of many Philadelphia professional athletes can be pretty banal.
But that doesn’t mean all of them are social media dullards. Here, in no particular order, are the 10 Philly jocks who make it a point to bring their best game on Twitter — follow-worthy, all of them.
I really like candle shopping.. And I don't have a problem with it!
— Jake Diekman (@JakeDiekman) October 17, 2014
Though he typically doesn’t show up till late in games, the Phils’ lefty reliever is leading off our list thanks to his candor surrounding topics like candle-shopping. (They smell so good, right?) He’s also very up-front about his battles with ulcerative colitis, balancing serious stuff like that with amateur attempts at yoga. Stick to the fastballs, Jake, and we’ll love ya for it.
— Jakub Voracek (@jachobe) September 10, 2014
The appeal of Voráček’s Twitter account, aside from its extreme susceptibility to Giroux tampering, is that it’s providing us with a rare look at a beautiful thing: A foreigner who’s just beginning to understand the absurdity of American humor. There’s a wonderful childlike glee in the Czech winger’s reactions to Wayne Simmonds telling him he looks like he uses a pork chop as a comb.
just want to take some time out to thank @Drake for being the greatest again smh how!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Big Papi (@RonaldRoberts5) October 12, 2014
While many athletes choose to address a diversity of interests via Twitter, St. Joe’s product Roberts is a one-topic man — he mainly uses the thing to proclaim his undying love for Canadian rapper/Toronto Raptors “ambassador” Drake. Makes sense: In addition to being the greatest (smh how!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), Drake is the truth, and worthy of our thanks, and basically our entire lives. If he makes the cut this season, I would like to see Roberts apply the same amount of passion he reserves for Drake praise to offensive rebounding.
— Elliot Williams (@ewill901) September 6, 2014
His teammate may like Drizzy, but two-guard Williams has a focus all his own: Chain dining! When he is not conversing with the official Chili’s account about signature chicken crispers, the Memphis native is pining after Benihana.
— Evan Mathis (@EvanMathis69) October 14, 2014
Thanks to his masterful and elaborate prank prowess, Mathis (who’s on his way back!) is pretty much the Osiris of this Philly-athlete-on-Twitter shit. But he also offers day-to-day follow value, whether he’s photo-bombing the D-Line, making fun of Jason Peters for constantly forgetting his Instagram password or simply ripping on Nancy Grace.
Twitter is a hotbed of negativity, but the Union’s young defenseman goes out of his way to counter with appreciative mentions of stuff like Boardwalk Empire’s historical veracity and Michael Jordan’s hall-of-fame induction (*clapping Emoji*). But he’s also known to keep it *100 Emoji*, musing about women using the Facetune app and Chipotle skimping on his burrito fillers.
Try me. Try me
— Zac Rinaldo (@RinaldoZac) October 7, 2014
Flyers winger Rinaldo doesn’t compose a ton of original tweets — rather, it’s one of those accounts that offers value via its retweeting taste. The Flyers winger is particularly fond of sharing Vines that feature viral videos spliced together with WWE wrestlers and dubious-sounding facts about digestive alchemy.
Though he probably won’t play this season due to injury, the Sixers’ top draft pick has already made a delightful splash with his immense Twitter game, hollering at Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, dreaming about the Shmoney Dance and touching on the quality of his #favoritedrink, the Shirley Temple, among a million other things. His account will probably be quiet for a while due to a tragic recent death in the family, but we are confident Joel-Hans will be back and better than ever very soon.
If the wave isn't there…don't try to catch it!
— Jonathan Pettibone (@Jon_Pettibone) August 7, 2014
— Julian Vandervelde (@BatMandervelde) October 15, 2014
Any dude who uses Rufio from Hook to convey his excitement for the sport and team he loves deserves to be on this list.
Honorable mentions: The Phillies’ Cameron Rupp warning against the dangers of mom workouts…Sixers forward Arnett Moultrie upset about you not picking up…Phillies reliever Justin de Fratus engaging in Talmudic-style ecclesiastical debate via Instagram.
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