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It was another quiet week for Yankees Twitter, as it seems everyone is in their last stages of hibernation before pitchers and catchers report next week. At this point, everyone is itching for the season, especially with the lack of Yankees news from the past two weeks. However, even the quietest weeks of the offseason can’t keep Yankees Twitter silent – between Zach Britton changing his name to Zack and Bryce Harper posting a story with a clean shaved beard, here’s this week’s edition of Yankees Twitter Reacts.
Check out last week’s roundup in case you missed it.
NEWS OF THE WEEK – ZACH IS BRINGING THE ‘K’ BACK
Breaking News: I will be going by my legal name “Zack” instead of my stage name “Zach”….. everyone continue to breath normally… #beenlivingalie #birthcertfail
— Zack Britton (@zbritton) February 7, 2019
You know the offseason is hitting-hard when this is the biggest news of the week. Nonetheless, it is news, as the man we formerly knew as Zach will now go by Zack. I know this might be a lot to handle.
It seems as if Zack’s legal name actually is Zack, and that he just wants to return to being called that. I’m not sure if this was known prior to all of this, because I certainly didn’t know it. But hey, as Michael Clair from Yankees.com states, “pitchers can always use more K’s.”
YANKEES TWITTER REACTS TO THE NEW ZACK
Here’s how Yankees Twitter reacted to the major news:
BREAKING: The Yankees have traded left handed reliever Zach Britton for left handed reliever Zack Britton, a source confirms
— The Pinstripe Empire (@PinstripEmpire) February 7, 2019
Bruh Zach Britton just changed his name to Zack Britton. Time to change my name oh lord
— Britton SZN (31 more days till Opening Day ST 2-1) (@ZackBrittonSZN) February 7, 2019
.@JonHeyman saying Zach Britton changing his name to Zack, because he wanted the K to mean strikeout.
What can I say. The man is brilliant.
— Aaron (@Aaron_Lafond) February 7, 2019
Zack Britton correcting the spelling of his first name reminds me of the time Phil Hughes asked us all to please stop calling him Philip.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 7, 2019
Welcome to the #Yankees, ZacK Britton. @zbritton #NYY
— Mark (@MarkNYY) February 7, 2019
The #Yankees’ Britton is switching the last letter of his first name from “h” to “k” because Zack is indeed his legal name and the way it appears on his baseball contract. Part of his motivation is to clear up any confusion with regard to marketing and endorsements.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 7, 2019
BRYCE HARPER IS CLEAN SHAVEN?
Bryce Harper sure looks good clean shaven on his Insta Story 👀👀 pic.twitter.com/L8jTwb5lFR
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) February 6, 2019
Even if you consider yourself a casual Yankees fan, you probably know that all players on the roster must have a clean shaven face. A famous example of this is Johnny Damon, who had to shave his beard when he joined the Yanks.
Speaking of beards, Bryce Harper had one. Bryce Harper is also still a free agent, which is why his Instagram story (see above) caused so much hype.
Did Bryce shave his beard in preparation to sign with the Yankees? No one knows, but this has sparked a lot of speculation, especially from Yankees Twitter.
Bryce harper clean shaven? Could it be? pic.twitter.com/NEHPZH9F15
— Brian Romeo (@BRomeo) February 7, 2019
Bryce Harper is clean shaven????? WHAT STOP THAT RIGHT NOW
— Casey Reed™ (@I_Cant_Reed) February 7, 2019
Could Bryce Harper being clean shaven be a sign?? Who all has a no beard/facial hair policy for their ball players? 🤔👀 https://t.co/eUvvqXhprb
— John Scanlan (@scanz12) February 7, 2019
Bryce Harper is clean shaven and ready to sign with the Yankees in the next two weeks
— n ⭐️ (@YelyahHaleStark) February 6, 2019
This isn’t the first time Yankees fans went nuts over Harper shaving. You may remember that Harper shaved his beard before the Yankees and Nats played a series last June. What did that mean? What does this mean? Time will tell…
THE COUNTDOWN TO PITCHERS AND CATCHERS CONTINUES
Now that the Super Bowl is over, the only thing on anybody’s mind is how many more days are left until pitchers and catchers report. If you read last week’s column, you’d know that the countdown has started even before this week. But the countdown is ticking closer to Ottavino, so here is an updated count from a few excited Yankees Tweeters.
Brett Gardner days until Pitchers and Catchers! #Yankees #11days #SpringTraining #Speed #Gardy pic.twitter.com/f1WtuJyQ4f
— unaniMOus42 (@TPE_ScorecrowAK) February 2, 2019
10 days until #Yankees pitchers and catchers report. Happy baseball season!
— SUBPOENA THE INTERPRETER (@curmudge_john) February 4, 2019
Pitchers and catchers report in EIGHT DAYS!! #Yankees
— Michael Savacool (@msavacool92) February 4, 2019
Yogi Berra days until Pitchers and Catchers! #8days #YogiBerra #HallOfFame #Cooperstown #Yankees #SpringTraining #Catcher #RIP pic.twitter.com/YAUrGv34te
— unaniMOus42 (@TPE_ScorecrowAK) February 5, 2019
Joe Torre days until Pitchers and Catchers! #JoeTorre #Yankees #6days #singledigit #retired #2000wins #SpringTraining #Legend #PinstripePride pic.twitter.com/BvUmX8iVnO
— unaniMOus42 (@TPE_ScorecrowAK) February 7, 2019
Thank God there are only #6Days until Pitchers and Catchers report for the @Yankees #Baseball #Finally #springtraining
— Who Did It And Ran (@RobGrova) February 7, 2019
Baseball is coming. pic.twitter.com/ypiDQEhK1c
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 6, 2019
The countdown will be over soon, everyone!
A BLOCKBUSTER (AND TERRIBLE) TRADE THAT THANKFULLY NEVER HAPPENED
During the winter meetings, there were some serious rumors swirling that the Yankees were in talks for a three-way trade with the Mets and Marlins in a deal that would’ve included JT Realmuto and Noah Snydergaard. Realmuto was finally traded to the Phillies this week, which inspired this tweet from MLB Network Insider Joel Sherman.
An idea of how far #Marlins went in this process: when #Yankees earlier this offseason were trying to get Realmuto to spin to #Mets for Syndergaard, Mia requested Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 7, 2019
There are 100 reasons why this would have been a bad trade for the Yankees. But for relevance sake, it’s laughable to compare Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar to the return that the Marlins got today. I imagine Cashman hung up the phone with Jeter faster than a Giancarlo Stanton laser up the middle, because Sanchez and Andujar is far too much even for a stud like Syndergaard.
WORST TAKE OF THE WEEK
Hal is a Fraud. Winning is no longer the most important thing next to breathing like it was with George. Hal is happy to just compete for a WS. His main goal is to make $$. Nothing wrong with $$ but he & his media puppets should stop trying to BS the fans about wanting to win.
— Cheap Hal 9000 (@TheaaYankeesWIN) February 7, 2019
It’s one thing to be upset about the Yankees not extending for Harper or Manny Machado, but it’s another thing to accuse Hal Steinbrenner of not wanting to win. The “Hal is cheap” narrative is tired. Disagreeing on team direction is fine, but the argument that Steinbrenner is BS-ing the fans about wanting to win is a super cold take.
BEST TAKE OF THE WEEK
I agree. They do greatly improve our chances.
But you can’t say they’ve been cheap this offseason, or bitch bc they haven’t spent 250-300 million on one player. I know it’s the Yankees, but 8/275 is a lot to commit to a player.
This team is currently set up for WS contention.
— Bronx Bombers (@yankeesguy93) February 7, 2019
There is so much about this tweet that I love. Let’s break it down.
For starters, it’s clear that having Harper and/or Machado would improve the Yanks World Series chances. There isn’t anyone on the planet arguing against that.
BUT (there’s always a but) there is a hefty price to pay for players of their caliber, and that is no different in this situation. It’s so easy as a Yankees fan to expect Cashman to go out and buy anything he wants, but that’s not how it works. If the price is right, I believe Cashman would do it. But it doesn’t seem like any team is comfortable with their asking price considering it’s February and Harper and Machado are still free agents.
FUNNIEST TWEETS OF THE WEEK
Zack Britton throws 3 mph faster than Zach Britton
— Christian Katt (@ckatt2) February 7, 2019
With each passing day clean shaven Bryce Harper's facial hair grows, ruining the potential match with the Yankees. pic.twitter.com/acrfEdy8xC
— SportsBriggs (@SportsBriggs) February 7, 2019
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