It’s Sunday once again, and you know what that means — it’s time for our weekly social media roundup! Welcome to 2024! We’re now halfway through January, and spring training is just a few short weeks away. How are our favorite Yankees spending their last few weeks of freedom before the long marathon begins? Let’s get started!
No place like home, Part I
This was a big week for players announcing on their own social media profiles that they had signed with their hometown team. First, Kevin Smith, an infielder from Greenbush, posted on Twitter a picture of himself in Yankees Little League gear with the caption, “Headed home for 2024.” The picture spurred reporters to confirm that the former Athletic, who was non-tendered after the season, had signed a minor league deal to join the Yankees organization.
No place like home, Part II
More significantly, free agent starter Marcus Stroman announced that he had signed with the Yankees on his Instagram account, first by posting an Instagram Story of himself photoshopped into a Yankee uniform, then on a subsequent slide confirming that he was a Yankee.
The next day, he wiped his Instagram account clean before posting the following picture:
It’s safe to say that Stroman seems excited to finally be in pinstripes.
Related to the Stroman signing, a video clip circulated in which Stroman mocked new teammate Juan Soto’s shuffle after striking him out. Soto immediately took the opportunity for a big of fun by commenting “we shuffle together now.”
Also, in the aftermath of Stroman signing with the Yankees, a Nickelodeon video clip began to re-circulate on social media, in which a young Marcus Stroman won $100 at Toys R Us while in the audience for a taping of Figure It Out.
Jeter at the National Championship
Last week, the college football season officially ended, as the Michigan Wolverines defeated the Washington Huskies by the score of 34-13. Former Yankee and Michigan native Derek Jeter, who had committed to the Wolverines before being selected by the Yankees in the 1992 draft, was in attendance.
Derek Jeter with Michael Jordan, Stephen A. Smith, Travis Scott and more at the National Championship supporting his Michigan Wolverines pic.twitter.com/T4rkyNjouU— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) January 9, 2024
Soto visits the Dominican president
Earlier this week, new Yankee outfielder Juan Soto was a guest of Luis Abinader, the president of the Dominican Republic.
Last, but not least, with spring training just around the corner, players have begun to ramp up their training regimens in order to be ready for the season.