The Bay Area has it's fair share of quality athletes and media personalities. But what happens when these people go from performing on the field, behind the microphone, or on the ink to everybody's newest fad, Twitter?
The website has blown up lately and the celebrities, sports or other forms of entertainment, are the most popular ones on the site. They don't care about the 140 character limit and now they have a chance to seem like "normal" people.
There are six athletes who either play in or are from the Bay Area who are on Twitter, a couple of college coaches, as well as one media personality who is making his presence felt online. The final half are those who ply their trade in the Bay Area that would be huge hits on the sight.
This isn't a Perez Hilton responding to a Miley Cyrus tweet situation. These are professional athletes that don't always make it all about them like other people on the net these days. Enjoy the show.
A lot of people tweet and make complete fools of themselves. This isn't the case with the Giants' $126 million man.
Zito's tweets range from his thoughts about the most recent Giants game to what's cranking on his car stereo. We know Zito has musical talent, but how many professional athletes these days drop Beatles knowledge on an almost daily basis?
From the Giants' recent roadtrip to Chicago..."I'm 'Revolver'-ing this very second, 'Here, There, and Everywhere'...great song to groggily greet the Chicago skyline to..."
It doesn't end there from Zito's trip to the Windy City.
"Heard a funny story about how Mickey Mantle would take girls on the team train ride, the coach told him 'No girls Mick'...didn't work."
Before he deleted his account due to a controversial tweet, Wilson's account was pure comedy. Combining with Zito many-a-time, the Giants' closer went from talking about thoughts of the night's game to possible opponents in the octagon in a matter of minutes. How he found a way to transition from game mode to complete and utter randomness I will never know.
If his account was still active, he would easily be the most entertaining on this list. But because his account is no longer in service, Wilson's comedy isn't available to see anymore and those who never got the chance probably never will.
The only way you will be able to get the unique side of Wilson when don't see him in the Giants dugout is on his new show, "Life of Brian," on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.
With a tease of the show including Wilson saying he's a ninja, things will be much like his tweeting. Enjoy.
You may be asking yourself, "Who the hell is Dan Dibley?"
If you're not a Bay Area resident, you probably don't know at all.
A man familiar to anybody who listens to the Giants flagship station in the morning, Double-D drops knowledge like few can during the commute to work. Trust me, I saw him dropping it at Golden Gate Fields the day after Thanksgiving a few years back and the dude is legit.
Honestly, how many guys on the radio in the Bay do you hear dropping San Jose Sabercats knowledge like they're the premier team in the NFL?
This past Tuesday saw Dibley hold a competition to see who would score more, Manchester United and Arsenal in their Champions League semifinal second leg matchup at the Emirates or the Giants offense at Wrigley against the Cubs. The outcome was comedy:
"FC Giants take on the Cubs today. Looking for a goal at http://tinyurl.com/c5aoswabout
"Halftime and Man U is up 2-0. If it was closer they'd usurp Giants' 3 runs. An Arsenal goal keeps my analogy alive
"GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL cRISTIANO Ronaldo ties it!! MAN u 3, SF GIANTS 3"
Even though Gary Radnich sometimes calls his traffic and sports update guy better know as Dibs is a boob (one of the best drop on Radnich's nine-to-noon show on KNBR), the mans got talent, whether it's behind the mic, on his blog, or via his tweets.
The Sacramento guard brings something to the Twitter game that the others on this list can't come close to competing with...a little Spanish flair to his page.
Actually...make that a lot.
Every single one of Garcia's tweets are in Spanish. So if you have forgotten what you learned in middle school, you might want to dust off the textbooks, if you still have them of course, and freshen up a bit before you follow Garcia.
How many NBA players you see tweeting about going to the Discovery Museum?
"We had a good play day at Discovery Museum. It's like a mini aquarium. They had da rain forest, different types of weather,
"animals, and cool lil gadgets. But it's pouring here. It's def nice and peaceful. Got some good sleep 2."
When he's not looking at animals and learning about the rain forest, you can catch him with Garcia in California's capital city.
The first female on the list is more than just a pretty face.
Born in Vallejo, went to school at Cal, a 11-time Olympic medalist, and now, as shared on her Twitter page, a very happy newlywed.
Coughlin has shared stories and pictures ranging from frustration caused by mosquitoes and swimming with sharks during her recently finished honeymoon in Hawaii.
"I don't want to go home! Here's a dolphin pic... http://yfrog.com/8663338608j"
And let's be honest...who doesn't like dolphins?
The second Natalie, this one a Sacramento native, is also one that's pretty easy on the eyes.
Gulbis turned pro in her teens and now at age 26, has a couple titles under her belt. May not seem like a lot, but it's hard to win a tourny when Annika Sorenstam seemed to be winning every week.
Even though the best thing about Twitter is athletes expressing themselves in 140 characters or less, you won't find me complaining about Gulbis posting pictures from charity events she does. We thank you, Natalie.
We know about some of the most-notable coaches in the country tweeting, but who knew that the head men's basketball at USF would join the madness a few weeks back?
I didn't learn of his account until the San Francisco Chronicle wrote an article about it. Rex Walters has only posted four updates, but there's potential for more. It's the offseason, so we'll cut him some slack.
"taking my daughter to school. she has crosswalk duty and needs to be at school early. got my run in...running in the City is pretty cool."
Not only does Santa Clara head men's basketball coach Kerry Keating give updates of what his players are up to, he also uses it to recruit for the future and also give some handy diet advice in case you need it.
"Juice of the day: Honeydew, Grapes, Watermelon, Apple, Cucumber. Egg White protein powder and I'm ready for Joe today!"
Here's where things get fun...the people we want to get a Twitter account.
And why not start with the man they call The Franchise?
In just under two years, Tim Lincecum has gone from the baby-faced rookie basically straight out of the University of Washington to the face of the Giants organization.
His starts are now events at AT&T Park and everybody can't get enough of the Cy Young Award winner who looks like he should be taking the SATs in a few weeks.
His excitement for the game almost matches his talent on the mound and don't you want to see see what Lincecum had to say on his Twitter page after he struck out 12 over eight innings.
"People just keep swinging at my dirty change LOL. Will they ever learn?"
Don Nelson is one of the most honest people in the Bay Area sports market. If you've ever heard his interviews with Ralph Barbieri and Tom Tolbert then you would know exactly what I am talking about.
Whenever I hear his name, the drop of Nelson telling Tolbert he's a dumb bastard just rings in my head.
Now imagine if Nelson took it over to Twitter. A few glasses of Sambuca and the Warriors coach would be even more honest than he already is.
Now add that with a night that the W's couldn't hit a shot and Captain Jack got yet another technical foul and things would get interesting.
"Hey Jack, you dumb bastard, let's not get a T tonight, k?"
He's carried his intensity from the Chicago Bears' defense to the San Francisco 49ers' sideline. Now picture Mike Singletary, hopefully with his pants on, tweeting after a huge win.
Now that's what I would call passion.
But watch out if Vernon Davis pisses him off again. The tweets would certainly have to be edited before being seen by the little ones.
"Can't do it."
I might be in the minority on this one, but seeing the San Jose Sharks' biggest hitter lay the smack down on his keyboard after a game that saw him lowering the boom on a little Russian forward on a Western Conference rival would make my day.
I've been doing an imitation of the big Swede all season long and then I heard him interviewed for the first time ever during the first round of the playoffs that ended abruptly.
And even though it was the first time I had ever heard him, not trying to brag here, the imitation was pretty on-point.
His English might not be that great, but if his tweets were as funny as his accent, he would be a huge hit on net.
"I gets puck, then I pass puck, then I go hit people. All I wants to do is hit people."
The second Niner in the hopeful section is one of the newest ones.
There are rumors of Michael Crabtree being a diva and whether he is or not, his style was on show at the Draft a few weeks ago. Seeing the tweets he would've sent through his Blackberry after the Raiders passed on him at No. 7 definitely would've been something to add to your favorites of the day.
Say he dominates the next time the 49ers face the Raider Nation, you think he'd make it known Al Davis should have taken him instead of the fastest guy at the combine?
"Don't care if it's Hill or Smith givin me the ball. Imma just make it happen."