It's always a treat to see which entertainers, celebrities, and athletes embrace social media.
Heck, we've started a section here on WKYC.com called 'LeBron James Says' because the King utilizes Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter regularly. It's a good barometer sometimes to judge his state of mind.
Case in point: a tweet from LeBron in February 2015 that was aimed squarely at the direction of his teammate Kevin Love:
Stop trying to find a way to FIT-OUT and just FIT-IN. Be apart of something special! Just my thoughts— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 8, 2015
That ended up fueling about two weeks worth of sports talk when I co-hosted the Bruce Hooley Show on ESPN Cleveland. But James also likes to use social media as a tool in his off-the-court businesses, such as when he made a surprise appearance to greet the local winners of 'The Wall," an NBC game show that he produces:
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But LeBron is not the only Cavalier that excels at the social media game. His teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye host a podcast together and each love themselves some Snapchat. R.J. announced his retirement, and then promptly unretired via the Snap.
Richard Jefferson says he just agreed to a two-year deal. pic.twitter.com/F9NhgshJ1c— Alysha Tsuji (@AlyshaTsuji) July 7, 2016
Plus there was my personal favorite: Lil' Kev:
Nothing to see here pic.twitter.com/8nP8dHfgwg— Alysha Tsuji (@AlyshaTsuji) May 17, 2016
Frye used Snapchat to welcome new teammate Kyle Korver to the Cavs earlier this year:
I'm writing this as I'm watching the Indians take on the White Sox in Tuesday's home opener here at Progressive Field. When I think about the Indians on social media, a couple of players come to mind:
Trevor Bauer gets Twitter. He takes on anyone who trolls him. He's not afraid to talk politics. And he likes fans who send him drones, especially during the World Series!
Jason Kipnis caught my attention on the night that the Tribe agreed to terms with Edwin Encarnacion.
But my winner is Jose Ramirez! When he and the Tribe hammered out a contract extension, he busted out this gem:
The reason all of this came up today, however, is Browns All Pro left tackle Joe Thomas. This is a guy that has only recently discovered the magic of Twitter. And my man is now a legitimate social media star.
Loved this response to the United Airlines story about a passenger being pulled off the plane forcibly because they had to 're-accommodate' someone:
And he's not afraid to put a webpoll out there too!
What's worse when you wear a fanny pack?— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) April 4, 2017
So who is the best in the business in social media among Cleveland's professional sports athletes. Let us know! In honor of Joe Thomas, we have our own Twitter poll for you to vote on! We narrowed the field down to Joe Thomas, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, and Jose Ramirez.