José Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays Shares His Favorite Apps and Cereals

But he won't use Twitter to campaign for an all-star spot

Specs
Age 34
Claim to fame Right fielder for the Toronto Blue Jays; six-time player in the MLB All-Star Game
Base Toronto and Tampa, Fla.
Twitter @JoeyBats19

What's the first information you consume in the morning?
I normally turn the TV on and watch the news or sports shows like SportsCenter to see the highlights from the day before, or I just go on social media—usually Instagram or Twitter—and see what's going on.

Tell us about your social media habits. Do you share mostly baseball-related or personal stuff?
I'd like to think that I utilize social media just like any other regular person. Obviously it's a little bit different because the stuff that I go through at work every day is out in the public, but people make comments about what I'm doing all the time, and it's kind of cool to see what people think.

Who do you follow?
Following teammates is always good. I have a couple that are pretty vocal and active online, like Marcus Stroman and José Reyes.

What's your favorite app?
I have an app called Savant that I use to control basically everything in my house, from the lighting to the blinds to the sound system to the security cameras. It's pretty convenient to have.

What are your must-have apps for when you're on the road?
When I'm traveling I use a lot of entertainment apps, like the Dish Anywhere app and Netflix. When I'm in different cities, I'll use Yelp and Urbanspoon to find restaurants and read reviews. For music listening, I have my Sirius XM, SoundCloud and Amazon Music.

What TV shows do you watch?
Recently, I've watched a lot of Suits and House. For some reason, I also got into Forensic Files. It's an old show that's been in reruns recently on the HLN channel in Canada. It's one of those things that's always on between midnight and three o'clock in the morning, which is the time when I'm trying to relax after I get back from the stadium. It just caught my attention one day, and now I've watched about 50 episodes in the past few months. I need to find a new show and everyone keeps recommending Game of Thrones. When I tell people that I've never watched an episode, they look at me like I'm crazy. [Laughs]

You received the most fan votes of any player for the 2011 and 2014 MLB All-Star Games. Do you use social media to encourage people to vote for you?
I've tried to stay away lately from asking for votes. I might have done it when the online voting started and everyone started campaigning for themselves, but now I just allow my team to promote me and my teammates. I'd rather let it happen naturally without feeling like I'm begging for votes, you know? I try to let my performance on the field dictate that more than what I do on social media.

How do you wind down before bed?
I watch TV, make myself a huge bowl of cereal—Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Lucky Charms or Cap'n Crunch—and let the milk do its job and put me to sleep.

So no healthy cereal for you?
During the season, I burn a lot of calories, so I don't think it hurts me too much!

Bautista, right fielder for the Toronto Blue Jays

 

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