Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 7/3/13
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Few Royals players have been shown as much love in the social media world as the Royals' Johnny Giavotella. As the undisputed fan favorite to win the second-base job the past two years, Giavotella admits he is sometimes a little awed by the way fans have campaigned for him on Twitter. But in the end, he certainly doesn't mind, because he's a big fan and loyal user of Twitter anyway. "I enjoy reading the responses I get from fans," Giavotella said. "I don't know how many I got when I got called up. Quite a bit. It's pretty cool. I know there's a following. But I just try to stay focused and centered and know I have a job to do. "I enjoy the encouragement and all the excitement from (social media). It's fun. I don't feel any extra pressure to please the fan base. I'm here now and it's a great feeling and I hope to help us win games. But I love how great the fans are on Twitter. " As of Tuesday night, Giavotella had 12,921 followers on Twitter (@Gio2bKC), and when he finally got called up on Saturday, and then got three hits in a Royals' win Sunday, he Tweeted: Big time win for the boys today!! Felt great to be out there again wearing that "Royals" logo across my chest. Johnny Giavotella (@Gio2bKC) June 30, 2013 The three hits were great, he said, but the Royals' pulsating 9-8 win was even better. "The hits helped us win, so that's what matters," he said. With the initial excitement of his call-up now subsiding, Giavotella must turn his attention toward keeping the job, his third try at doing so in three years. "I actually feel less pressure now than I did before," he said. "I have a good rapport with the guys in the clubhouse. I've been here before. I've played with these guys before so that takes pressure off. I can't think that this is my big opportunity. I just have to play my game and help the team win and everything will take care of itself." You can follow Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter at @jflanagankc or email him at jeffreyflanagan6@gmail.com
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Bubba Watson's caddie owns heckler at PGA Championship

NFL denies sending Donald Trump letter about schedule

Michael Bennett calls out NFL stars for not speaking up on social matters

Nationals make astute move in acquiring Melancon

Son of former NFL player Antonio Armstrong charged with death of parents


U.S. Senator “appalled” by Bettman’s stance on concussions

Team USA’s Opening Ceremony uniforms look a little treasonous

Lawyer who reps concussion lawsuit wants to speak with Bettman

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Texans GM 'disappointed' in DeAndre Hopkins

Can Andre Johnson end his regression in Tennessee?

Favre opens up about painkiller addiction during career

Miami women’s basketball coach criticizes Texas A&M following slideshow

Twin Cities preparing for influx of sex trafficking during Super Bowl LII

WATCH: Bautista bat flip will be available as NHL 17 celebration

Former USMNT, current MLS forward Davies battled cancer, in remission

The definitive guide to U.S. Men's Basketball at Rio 2016

Tony Romo training camp picture leads to fat jokes, concern

Matt Cullen’s family eats cereal out of the Stanley Cup

Texas A&M suspends coaches for sexist slideshow

10 most dangerous college football defenders in 2016

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker