Good news, Yankees fans! Didi Gregorius is back, and with his presence in the locker room comes his post-game presence on Twitter as well. Oh, how we’ve missed the positive atmosphere Gregorius creates in the clubhouse and on social media for all of the Yankees Universe.
Now that his post-game tweet summaries will be coming back, he’ll have to assign emojis to new players. We decided to do some of the work for him. This article will be a forerunner to the annual offseason Didi Emoji Dictionary. There’s no insider information, just our best guess. Now, without further ado, here are the predictions for an assortment of new players.
Gio Urshela - Shrug or Turtle
The first one is a reference to the Jordan shrug. Urshela has been unbelievably clutch this year, seemingly coming up with a hit in every big situation. While never known for his bat, this is essentially everyone’s reaction when he continuously shocks the baseball world. The second emoji is simply a turtle, for this one you will have to think outside the box. The only reason this one works is because of the play-on-words with Gio’s last name “UrSHELLa”.
DJ LeMahieu - DJ Headphones or Quiet Face
The first one is fairly obvious since his name is DJ. That could be an easy route for Didi to take. The second is simply a face telling somebody to “sshh”. LeMahieu is on the quiet side, so this could make sense.
James Paxton - Canadian Flag or Maple Leaf
This was by far the easiest prediction and I’d be shocked if Paxton was assigned anything else from the emoji king. Paxton is Canadian and his nickname around the baseball world is the Big Maple. I think Didi would be heading down the wrong path if he chose anything other than one of these two.
Adam Ottavino - Donut or Wine Glass
I would assume Didi would try and find an emoji surrounding the no. 0 theme since Ottavino is the first person in Yankees history to wear that number. So I thought the donut, making the shape of the number zero would work well for that. On the other hand, another route Didi could take would be to toy with his last name. The second part of Ottavino’s last name—vino—is how to say wine in Italian and Spanish. Given that Didi speaks several languages, maybe he’ll pick up on that and think outside the box.
Cameron Maybin - Running Man or Hammer
The first one, a running man emoji, is a fairly simple and easy representation of Maybin who is a fast runner. While a great individual, not much about his play or personality comes to mind. The hammer emoji is an allusion to John Sterling’s home-run call for Maybin, in which he says “Hammerin’ Cameron!”
Kendrys Morales - Suitcase
This was a tough one to predict. Morales hasn’t been a Yankee for very long, and he hasn’t produced that much in the short time that he’s been here. He may end up best remembered for playing on seven different teams in his career. So I figured the suitcase emoji fit the bill since he’s played for teams all around the league.
Of course, these are only predictions. But don’t just let me decide: channel your inner-Didi and let us here what you think in the comment section below!