It’s Sunday once again, and you know what that means — it’s time for our weekly social media roundup! As the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and the 2023 Yankees season shrinks further into the rearview mirror, but still we stand guard, following our favorite Yankees heroes — on social media, that is. And so, for the last time in 2023, let’s get started!
Merry Christmas from the Yankees
Ah, Christmas — a day defined by presents under the tree, dinners with distant family members you haven’t seen in 365 days, and, if we’re all lucky, Hal Steinbrenner being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. While I can’t tell you whether these three Dickens-ian spirits visited our owner, I can show you a glimpse of how the Players from the Yankees Past and Present spent their holidays.
First we’ve got former Yankees ace CC Sabathia, as the entire Sabathia clan donned matching pajamas.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all from the Sabathias!! ☃️ pic.twitter.com/KlcsZ5GL86— CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) December 25, 2023
Meanwhile, longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada kicked back with some adult beverages and enjoyed the holidays together.
Among current players, Gerrit Cole and his brother-in-law Brandon Crawford had quietly the most elite casual game of catch during their family Christmas Eve festivities.
Gerrit Cole playing catch with Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford during the family Christmas Eve party pic.twitter.com/83ON74jiom— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) December 25, 2023
Donning an iconic Christmas sweater, fellow Yankees starter Nestor Cortes and his partner watched some Christmas football, as the Dolphins defeated the Cowboys.
We love watching the dolphins win pic.twitter.com/5e3x6tkqvt— Nestor Cortes (@Cortes_1210) December 26, 2023
New Yankees outfielder Alex Verdugo showed off his family in fancy red holiday outfits. The outfits were intended to be festive I’m sure, as red is a holiday color, but I’ll be honest, considering he was just acquired from the Red Sox, it does seem like an odd choice.
The Verdugo’s do not mess around on Christmas pic.twitter.com/B3E9oaqD9j— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) December 26, 2023
Last, but we have a holiday greetings post from Yankees catching coordinator Tanner Swanson and his family.
Merry Christmas Eve from us to you! pic.twitter.com/UyM2osnmEc— Tanner Swanson (@tannerswanson) December 25, 2023
Tommy DeVito mania
Prior to Monday’s matchup between the Giants and the Eagles, Art Stapleton revealed a fun story about Yankees captain Aaron Judge. Apparently, Judge and Giants QB Tommy DeVito were both at the same restaurant in NYC, and Judge paid DeVito’s bill.
Heard this last week + Tommy DeVito just confirmed with @PSchrags on @NFLonFOX pregame: he was out for dinner in NYC, saw Aaron Judge at another table and, at end of his meal, he was told by server Judge had picked up his tab.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) December 25, 2023
DeVito was stunned Judge knew who he was.
While, unfortunately, the day ended fairly poorly for DeVito — he was benched at halftime — this story is both a reminder of how much excitement Tommy Cutlets brought to a city craving a good sports story and yet another example of how awesome Aaron Judge is.
Masahiro Tanaka catches some basketball
There are a very many things we love about Masahiro Tanaka. He loved wearing the pinstripes (and still supports the Yankees), thrived in the biggest moments, and brought a level of passion and energy to the Stadium rarely matched. Unfortunately, nobody is perfect, and that imperfection lies in his choice of NYC basketball teams to support.
Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely ecstatic that he still comes to New York regularly...I just wish he spent his time at Madison Square Garden, supporting Jalen Brunson and the real New York basketball team, and not the one that only claims one borough — arguably the most anti-Yankee borough.