With the Chiefs’ thrilling fourth-quarter comeback over the 49ers in Super Bowl 54, baseball season is officially upon us. However, before Patrick Mahomes lifted the MVP trophy, both past and present Yankees enjoyed the NFL’s biggest night.
Ten days. That’s how long until Yankees pitchers and catchers report to Tampa, FLA for the official start to Spring Training. Now that the curtain has closed on an exciting NFL campaign, attention has turned to Major League Baseball — and if you’re a fan of the Evil Empire, the organizations quest for World Series championship No. 28.
However, with Super Bowl 54 being held in Miami, you knew a handful of our favorite Yanks, both past and present would make an appearance in grand fashion.
The week began with C.C. Sabathia continuing to live his best-retired life, taking a photo with former teammates Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada and Marlins CEO Derek Jeter.
Posted to Twitter, Sabathia captioned the photo by saying, “Big brothers!! We old.” He then used the crying/laughing emoji before congratulating Jeter again on his recent Hall of Fame election.
Sabathia wasn’t done, though. On Saturday, he attended The Fanatics Super Bowl party, where he snagged a photo with NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. This time, Sabathia’s Twitter caption read, “My hero!! @SHAQ making me look small (crying/laughing emoji). FYI, Sabathia is 6-foot-6.
Naturally, Jennifer Lopez’s fiancé and Miami native, Alex Rodriguez was in attendance. He was also all over Fox’s pregame broadcast of the festivities.
From reporting live outside JLo’s trailer to watching her perform on-field during the halftime show, A-Rod even got the chance to have a catch with Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. After swapping Yankee pinstripes for a throwback Dolphins jersey, Rodriguez took to social media to document the occasion.
Yesterday I fulfilled a childhood dream of playing catch with one of my heroes – Dan the Man. I was one of millions of kids that grew up worshiping Dan Marino and never missed a Dolphins game in 15 years.
As for Northern California native and diehard 49ers fan, Aaron Judge, he flew into Miami via Tampa with his parents, where he bumped into NFL Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy.
The face of the Yankees stepped out on Friday night with his girlfriend, Samantha Bracksieck for Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation party — before making his way to Pepsi’s shindig.
Judge continued to make the rounds the next day. As a spokesman for Fanatics, Judge was at the same party as Sabathia — where he took a photo with the one and only Emmitt Smith. He was also seen smiling for the cameras with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, former Yankee Johnny Damon, and NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman.
Then about 90 minutes before the start of the big game, Judge was spotted entering the stadium wearing a white throwback Jerry Rice jersey.
Last but not least, was Yankees manager Aaron’s Boone prognostication that he posted to Twitter about 30 minutes prior to kickoff. In the now-famous Tweet, Boone not only correctly predicted that the Chiefs would beat the 49ers, but he nailed the exact final score of the game: 31-20.
Whether or not Boone has some Tony Romo-like crystal ball, let’s hope he carries these positive vibes and spot-on predictions all the way through October and a parade down the Canyon Of Heroes.