If you’re a Canuck fan on Twitter, you’ve no doubt noticed the suspicious @Keith_Ballard4 Twitter account that sprung up a few weeks back, but has yet to issue a single tweet.
With the name on the account being what it is, we’ve seen a number of people question whether or not this is the real Keith Ballard. So is it? Probably. While there’s been no verification (primarily because there’s nothing to verify, since the account has just been sitting there), it seems reasonable to assume that this account is legit.
First, it’s being followed by Alex Goligoski, Kevin Bieksa, and Ryan Kesler, all hockey players that aren’t following random fan accounts just for giggles. Furthermore, the three are among the earliest followers for the account, indicating that they knew about it before most.
Second, a tweeted exchange between Bieksa and Kesler from early October was our first clue that Ballard was already becoming familiar with the social networking site. Out for lunch with the rest of the Canucks’ defense corps, Bieksa tweeted that he was glad none of the forwards or goalies were there:
This led to Ryan Kesler taking a tongue-in-cheek jab at Bieksa’s leadership skills, the two being assistant captains and all. They’re supposed to love everybody.
And Bieksa’s response, in which he blamed Keith Ballard (a tactic he probably learned from Alain Vigneault), gave us a pretty good indication that Ballard needed to get his own account:
Now, it would appear Keith Ballard has gotten his own account. But is he ever going to use it, or is he just going to let it sit there?
This could be a legendary account. Ballard has an excellent dry wit, and strikes me as the sort of person that would thrive in the quip-encouraging atmosphere of Twitter. He just needs to get started.Tags: Ballard, Twitter