Last season the Arizona Diamondbacks held what they referred to as “The First Annual Tweetup”. It was an event where the team brought together several local and national social media personalities for a panel discussion on how social media was transforming sports. Among the illustrious speakers that included Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall, Diamondbacks Insider Editor Josh Greene, Diamondbacks Social Media Director John Prewitt, Fox Sports personality Todd Walsh and Fox Sports Arizona writer Jack Magruder, MLB.com reporter Steve Gilbert, and AZ Snakepit Blogger Jim McLennan to name a few there was one panelist that didn’t quit fit – your truly.
I secretly worried that having me on the panel would somehow taint the participants so much that the first annual Tweetup would be the only one the Diamondbacks ever held. I was somewhat relieved to hear that the team had scheduled the follow-up to this popular event.
On Saturday May 12th the Diamondbacks will hold their second Tweetup and I can honestly say this one is going to be great. As a last minute addition Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler became part of the panel and was very popular answering questions from the fans on how he uses social media. For the record, Ziegler’s Twitter feed is primarily a way for him to keep fans up-to-date on his humanitarian efforts with his charity work.
This year the Diamondbacks are extending the theme of having players involved by having a roundtable discussion with D-backs third baseman and fan favorite Ryan Roberts. Roberts will hold an exclusive question and answer session with participants giving his views on social media, body ink, and anything else he can think of.
It’s not just a Q&A session though. Participants will receive a Club Reserve ticket to the game against the San Francisco Giants, a “Tatman” Collection T-shirt, Ryan Roberts Tattoo Sleeves, and a chance to win fabulous prizes such as autographed Ryan Roberts Bobbleheads and baseballs by other players and Tweeters.
So join the Diamondbacks with what should be an entertaining event. Tickets can be purchased on the Diamondbacks web site. There are only a limited number of spots available so call early to ensure you have a place reserved. If you are a Diamondbacks Season Ticket Holder (and who wouldn’t be), there are a limited number of reduced rate spots especially for you. Just contact your Season Ticket Services representative or call 602-514-4444.
Those who can’t attend should log onto Twitter and Facebook and join in on the fun electronically. I’ll be in the audience and try to provide details from the audience. But like baseball, it’s a lot more fun in person. Hopefully we’ll see you there.