The Twitter world rejoices in Giavotella being a Royal again
JUL 03, 2013 10:44a ET
As the undisputed fan favorite to win the second base job the past two years, Giavotella admits he is sometimes a little awed by the way fans have campaigned for him on Twitter.
But in the end, he certainly doesn't mind, because he's a big fan and loyal user of Twitter anyway.
"I enjoy reading the responses I get from fans," Giavotella says. "I don't know how many I got when I got called up. Quite a bit. It's pretty cool. I know there's a following. But I just try to stay focused and centered and know I have a job to do.
"I enjoy the encouragement and all the excitement from (social media). It's fun. I don't feel any extra pressure to please the fan base. I'm here now and it's a great feeling and I hope to help us win games. But I love how great the fans are on Twitter."
As of Tuesday night, Giavotella had 12,921 followers on Twitter (@Gio2bKC), and when he finally got called up oSaturday, and then got three hits in a Royals win Sunday, he Tweeted:
Big time win for the boys today!! Felt great to be out there again wearing that "Royals" logo across my chest.— Johnny Giavotella (@Gio2bKC) June 30, 2013
The three hits were great, he says, but the Royals' pulsating 9-8 win was even better.
"The hits helped us win, so that's what matters," he says.
With the initial excitement of his call-up now subsiding, Giavotella must turn his attention toward keeping the job, his third try at doing so in three years.
"I actually feel less pressure now than I did before," he says. "I have a good rapport with the guys in the clubhouse. I've been here before. I've played with these guys before, so that takes pressure off. I can't think that this is my big opportunity. I just have to play my game and help the team win and everything will take care of itself."
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