As many of you know, we at PITB have been actively campaigning to get Kevin Bieksa, one of the league’s quippiest quote-machines, to join Twitter since mid-May. We made a convincing case, started a pathetic petition, commissioned campaign art, and even sent members of the mainstream media to press the Canucks’ defensemen directly.
There were times when things looked dire, such as when Bieksa himself rebuffed the campaign just eight days after we started it. ”There’s a petition?” Bieksa laughed, upon learning of our meagre efforts. “I’m not really a Twitter kind of guy. I don’t think everybody needs to know every single thought that’s in my head.”
The success of the campaign seemed less and less likely the longer the Canucks remained in the Stanley Cup playoffs and their rivals began to emerge from the woodwork, chirping the team via Twitter. Bieksa seemed particularly down on the social media site when he was asked about that very trend:
I could say a bunch of things right now but … if I was on my summer vacation, I wouldn’t be tweetin’ every day like some of these other guys. It’s funny, you don’t see guys like Nick Lidstrom tweeting, or Joe Thornton, they respect the guys. It’s mostly other guys who are tweetin’ and you know who they are.”
One of those guys was Mike Duco, whose anti-Canuck tweets came back to bite him when he was traded to the team in the offseason. Considering the maelstrom surrounding that incident, it seemed unrealistic to assume Kevin Bieksa would ever voluntarily sign up for that level of scrutiny.
But things began to look up later in the summer, especially when Ian Walker asked Bieksa about social media in an interview that appears in the MSP Canucks Annual:
What do you think of the rise of social media in hockey?
I think the league is going to have to do a better job of regulating everything. Twitter just seems … People are just throwing out whatever they want without thinking first. So to have that regulated and filtered before it gets to the Internet is a good idea, but it’s great for the game, to build the brand and get more people watching the game. I’m sure there’s lots of people who like to follow their favourite players and see what they are doing on a day-to-day basis, so for that it’s great.
Just not you, right?
[Laughing] Yeah, there were some rumblings of people wanting me to get on Twitter and stuff like that and right now I don’t know if it’s a great idea if people hear every thought in my head. [Laughing] I like to keep some mystery, but who knows.
So there is a chance?
[Laughing] We’ll see.
Suddenly, there was hope. Was Bieksa loosening up to the possibility of getting an account? It would appear so, because tonight, Ryan Kesler tweeted the following:
Take it away, Boney M.
Seriously, Ryan Kesler should get surgery more often. His Twitter accounts rocks when he’s on the mend.
I hate to end this post on a self-congratulatory note, but I do believe that makes PITB 2-for-2 when it comes to bending members of the Canucks roster to our bloggy will. Ryan Kesler may be the one that scored the goal, so to speak, but if PITB doesn’t at least get an assist on this, something is seriously wrong.
Well, that was fun. What should we do next?Tags: Bieksa, Twitter Needs Juice