In this day in age, I guess you have to assume that everyone who is anyone (and especially those are no one) has a Twitter account.
But count me as totally surprised that none other than Henry Aaron has a Twitter account. And, I’m apparently very late to the part, considering he has nearly 44,000 followers since joining (I’m guessing) in late March of last year.
I had the privilege to meet Aaron one time – on the eve of his commencement address at Marquette University – and we had a pleasant chat. He had a presence. The "it" factor. Of course he did. He had things to say, and you felt that what he did say carried some weight with it.
I bring this up because he’s only tweeted eight times.
The first seven are sort of odds and ends from the past year, promoting some appearances and the Atlanta Braves – but then he made news by tweeting the following at Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman:
Love it. And Sherman’s response:
Another small reminder of how cool Twitter can be, which often gets lost amid all the insanity (and idiocy) that usually occurs.
Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.
A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.
To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.
Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining OnMilwaukee.com.
In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.
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