It sounds silly, doesn’t it? What does the use of Twitter have to do with the disappointing season that J.P. Arencibia has had for the Toronto Blue Jays?
Well, the much-maligned catcher finally stepped away from the social media platform on Tuesday … and of course promptly had one of his best games of the season, going 3-for-5 with a double and RBI in a losing effort while striking out just once. It was a stark contrast to the bat .683 OPS bat that the team had seen for most of the year; in fact, you might even say that that it was almost like he had something to prove.
That seems to be a recurring trend with Arencibia, no?
Let’s put it this way — J.P. is not exactly what you’d call a quiet guy. If his activity on Twitter didn’t give his outspoken ways away, his most recent sorta-spat with broadcaster and former bluebirds catcher Gregg Zaun should have. And for a guy who seems to feel compelled to answer the fact that the are so many critics out there, Twitter (and you could say the internet in general) is probably the worst place for him to have a presence in.
Call it naivete or what you will, but I think it’s fair to say that Arencibia’s idea of spreading positivity through his Twitter account hasn’t really turned out the way he envisioned.
And it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it distracts him. Fans can see this by his insistence on taking the troll bait far too often, and his departing message seems to suggest a bewilderness at the fact that there are so many folks out there who will spend their time to do this.
By tuning out, Arencibia will lose a big part of why he’s well-liked by so many fans; but when that group becomes a minority online, that element of interaction can’t be all too productive to dwell on.
Don’t believe it? Just ask Brett Cecil, who quit Twitter for fairly similar reasons … and subsequently became an All-Star in 2013.
That’s not to say that Twitter will somehow alter Arencibia’s skill set, of course, but rather his ability be in the right mental state to use them at their fullest. If Tuesday’s game was any indication, that combination of focus and feeling like he needs to let his play do the talking is already yielding results.
It might seem rather unrelated and far-fetched, but hey, whatever works, right?