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We recently chatted with Toronto Blue Jays™ third baseman Brett Lawrie. He’s a fan favourite on and off the field, having gained an impressive number of followers (175K) on Twitter alone – follow him @blawrie13. After games, he swaps his glove for a device to stay connected with his online community and never misses a moment of the action.
While fans can expect Lawrie to return to the swing of things a little later this season, they can catch all the Blue Jays games on the device of their choice with Rogers Anyplace TV. You can watch the Blue Jays at 1 p.m. (ET) on Thursday as they go head to head with the Detroit Tigers.
RB: If you had to pick just one: Twitter or Instagram? Why?
BL: Definitely Twitter. I love being able to touch base with my fans online and have the chance to share what I’m up to in real-time. I really love the support I get on Twitter.
RB: You’re an active Twitter user. What made you decide to start tweeting?
BL: We’ve got lot of Blue Jays fans on Twitter so I thought, “Why not?” Now, I’m hooked. People are also really entertaining on Twitter; it’s a great way to unwind.
RB: You recently joined Instagram, are you enjoying connecting with your fans on a different platform?
BL: I’m having fun sharing my pics and getting to see everyone sporting their Blue Jays gear, especially now that we’re ramping up for a great season ahead. It’s a unique way to connect with the Blue Jays community.
RB: Your family is on the West Coast. How do they watch your Blue Jays games? Does the time difference ever get in their way?
BL: I think my family are my biggest fans; they’re always cheering me on, even if they’re not in the same stadium as me. When it’s game time, they log onto Rogers Anyplace TV on their smartphones to follow along live, wherever they are. Time difference actually isn’t an issue, because I know some of them sneak into the app while they’re at work. Out in the west coast, a lot of the games happen in the morning.
RB: When you’re travelling during the season, how do you keep connected to other live games and scores? Which device do you prefer to watch games on?
BL: I like the ease of watching sports on my phone while I’m on the road. The tablet is also useful because of the bigger screen.
RB: What devices or gadgets can’t you live without? Why?
BL: Without my phone I wouldn’t be able to tweet, share updates with friends and call back home. I also check my email on my phone a million times a day.
RB: Do you have any favourite apps you’d like to share with fans?
BL: I like to keep tabs on the scores of different games, that’s when the Sportsnet app comes in handy.
RB: A recent Rogers survey found more than half of smartphone owners sleep with their phones. Do you think you could go a day without your smartphone?
BL: No way. Probably not. It would be like a day without wearing my glove.
RB: What do you wish your smartphone could do to make your life easier?
BL: In a perfect world, I wish my smartphone could somehow make me meals. Now, that would be cool.
How do you keep up with your favourite Toronto Blue Jays player?
Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard
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