Zuckerman breaks down 2014 Hall of Famers (VIDEO)
Having entered the league as a young star right before Twitter became commonplace, Ryan Zimmerman has a unique perspective on its place in sports. He's still young at 29, but has a very old school approach to all of it. Though he doesn't use Twitter, he understands the pros and cons.
On Thursday he joined Grant and Danny on 106.7 The Fan to talk about his offseason, and during the interview was asked about social media and how both teammate Bryce Harper and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III are active on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Griffin III, in particular, caused a stir recently with a Facebook post answering a fan's question.
Zimmerman relayed a message about RG3 that he has told Harper in the past:
We deal with it with Harp. And we try and help Harp as much as we can, and at the end of the day, these guys are their own people, and you can’t tell them not to do something, or tell them not to have Twitter, or tell them not to be on Facebook because, when used properly, I think Twitter and Facebook are a great way to connect with fans… But at the same time I think they need to be a little more conscious about, fans are gonna say what they want to say and they have the right to say whatever they want to say, and sometimes it’s best just, not to respond I guess would be the best answer.
What I’ve told Harp and what I’ve told other young guys is, when you’re done playing, honestly people aren’t gonna remember you for how many Twitter followers you had, or how many times you wrote back fans on Facebook. It’s gonna be, if you were a good player and you were a good person, people are gonna like you. If you were a decent player and a good person, people are gonna like you.
It's hard to disagree with Zimmerman's thoughts on the subject. If a baseball player is remembered some day more for what they did on Twitter than what they accomplished on the field, they probably did something wrong along the way.
You can read and listen to the full interview on CBS' website. Zimmerman also talks NFL playoffs and his affinity for Tom Brady.