Part of the fascination with Twitter is it allows anyone or any brand, including those of fame and notoriety, to give a glimpse into otherwise private views and thoughts.
That can be a benefit and detriment to the user. In 2013, we saw a mix of both as tweets from Boston sports players and insiders were shared with fervent speed as highlights and lowlights of the year progressed.
Here are a collection of some of the top tweets from Boston sports figures in 2013, in no particular order. Please add any we may have missed in the comments.
1. Aaron Hernandez's last tweet before he went to jail
good morning— Aaron Hernandez (@AaronHernandez) June 18, 2013
The very same morning Hernandez fired off this tweet his home was searched by police in connection with the death of Odin Lloyd. Eight days later, he was arrested and eventually charged with murder in Lloyd's death as well as weapons charges.
2. Red Sox hang Boston Strong jersey from their dugout in Cleveland
The Red Sox did their best to represent the city under trying circumstances. The Marathon bombing had just occurred a day prior and the team was on a road trip in Cleveland. In response, they hung a special "Boston Strong" jersey in the dugout, paying homage to the moniker that represented the strength and resiliency of the region after being attacked.
3. Jake Peavy's Duck boat
Duckboat gettin it's first introduction to the Falls! pic.twitter.com/7Ogj8rSjdS— Jake Peavy (@JakePeavy_44) November 21, 2013
Jake Peavy said he was going to buy a Duck Boat and he did. He transported the amphibious vehicle all the way to his home in Alabama.
4. The Red Sox take the AL East
Inspired by Drake's song, "Started from the Bottom," the Red Sox tweeted out this gem after clinching the AL East in September.
5. Andrew Ference gives the the Bruins' army jacket to Norwood's Matt Brown
The Bruins' army jacket came to represent the best of the team, awarded to the player who either played well or showed tremendous heart. So when Andrew Ference left town, he couldn't think of a better person to pass it on to than Norwood teenager Matt Brown, who was paralyzed in a hockey game for his high school.
6. Linda Pizzuti makes her mark in the clubhouse
In the air https://t.co/Zux9HsbDg9— Linda Pizzuti (@Linda_Pizzuti) October 31, 2013
Linda Pizzuti, wife of Red Sox owner John Henry, was one of the first people to relay images and sound from the Red Sox' World Series celebration from inside the team's clubhouse.
7. John Henry expected a fantastic game
Going to be a wild ride tonight! pic.twitter.com/ddcp9hXrZK— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) October 17, 2013
Before Game 5 of the ALCS, and following Stan Grossfeld's iconic photo of Boston police officer Steve Horgan, this colorful meme popped up. It spread like wildfire after Henry, also owner of the Boston Globe, shared this tweet.
8. Short-lived Patriots wide receiver asks for Ochocinco's advice
Briefly signed Patriots wide receiver LaQuan Williams asked Chad Ochocinco Johnson for advice on how to learn the team's playbook before deleting the tweet. But it lives on in text.
@ochocinco any tips on how to pick up on this NE playbook quick?
He also tweeted that he wasn't joking.
No joke at all. Any advice would be a step in the right direction.He was released by the Patriots just a week later.
9. Ochocinco offered at least one takeaway from his time with Patriots
Apparently the unemployed wide receiver says Tom Brady was "black" in conversation. Oh, and he got some Uggs. (Every member of this year's team received two pairs.)
10. DJ Hernandez gives a birthday shout out to his brother
Happy B-Day To My Brother Aaron & Niece Avielle . Love You Both Unconditionally. pic.twitter.com/rw1kBn7YDE— DJ Hernandez (@DjHernandez14) November 6, 2013
DJ Hernandez, older brother to Aaron Hernandez, became the father figure to his younger brother when their father died. He's currently an assistant football coach at Iowa. His younger brother turned 24 in jail, awaiting trial on murder and weapons charges.
11. Halloween, the Patriot way
From the left: Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, cornerback Aqib Talib, and linebacker Brandon Spikes at the team's Halloween party. Best costume goes to Talib.
12. Tim Tebow thanks the Patriots for the tryout
I would like to thank Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Coach McDaniels and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
...to be a part of such a classy organization. I pray for nothing but the best for you all. I will remain in relentless pursuit...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
...of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback. 2 Corinthians 12:9: And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
The Patriots held the most interesting training camp tryout of the NFL offseason, hosting popular quarterback Tim Tebow. Unfortunately for him, he didn't make the cut. Tebowmania quickly vacated the premises.
13. Vince Wilfork feuds with Ted Johnson
Former Patriot Ted Johnson got on a Houston area radio station and called Vince Wilfork's wife, Bianca, ugly. That prompted the Patriots' defensive tackle to respond on Twitter and direct his jabs at Johnson.
Let me apologize to my fans in advance of whatever I may say today but I do not play when it comes to my family— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) March 22, 2013
What followed was a profanity laced note directed at Ted Johnson attached as a picture to Wilfork's Twitter account. Wilfork wrote in part:
Every1 is entitled to their own opinion, but it is [expletive] up when a x-teammate that I actually looked up to and enjoyed playing with takes shots at my wife for whatever reasons. I love my wife and my family She is my everything. I don't care when this was said no one should cross that line. The line has been crossed so it is what it is.
Johnson went on to apologize profusely.
I just made a huge error in judgement and want to apologize to Vince and his wife for comments I made earlier today on a Houston radio show— Ted Johnson (@Teddyjradio) March 22, 2013
I have personally apologized to the family and feel awful. It was a huge error in judgment and I'm sorry for upsetting Vince's family.— Ted Johnson (@Teddyjradio) March 22, 2013
14. Paul Pierce thanks Boston
Following his trade to the Brooklyn Nets, Paul Pierce fired off a string of tweets with Instagram photos thanking Boston for his time with the Celtics. In all, he sent 45 tweets thanking Boston and Celtics fans.
Are we missing something from this list? Let us know in the comments.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer