The most famous Yankees social media account has to belong to Didi Gregorius’ Twitter handle. That’s for good reason, too. His victory tweets — the ones where he assigns emojis to his various teammates — have become one of the most endearing things about this era of the Yankees. The YES Network even gives them airtime on the postgame show after wins. Plus, we air them in the Around the Empire link roundups in the morning.
Gregroius has a pretty good Instagram account as well; he’s a man of many talents. But it’s another Yankee that really shines on that platform.
Masahiro Tanaka’s instagram account is full of incredibly endearing pictures. Like Gregorius, he has a tendency to post after victories, but his preferred method of celebration is to give a thumbs up to the camera.
There are updates on his friendship with Luis Severino.
As you can tell, his captions tend to be in Japanese, but Instagram does have an option to auto-translate. That, however, produces some fairly amusing results.
(Note: The Japanese version of these captions probably make perfect sense. It’s the Instagram auto-translate feature that causes the weird phrasings, not Tanaka himself.)
Clinching celebrations should always be called “champagne fights” from now on. Regrettably, the Yankees did not “do it again and again and again”.
“Anyway, I’m relieved now” is as the kids say: a big mood.
“Battery gathering day” is another one that should become common parlance. Much funnier and more succinct that “pitchers and catchers report”.
Instagram’s auto-translate feature is coming for my job of writing game recaps. Anyway, here’s a picture of Tanaka dressed as Santa.
Sure, there are higher performing Yankees. Tanaka’s pretty good himself, though, and he’s also arguably the most endearing one around.