Among numerous contributors to the 2022 New York Yankees‘ astounding start, catcher Jose Trevino has potentially shined brightest due to his unexpected spark and boundless enthusiasm. When Brian Cashman pulled off a trade for Trevino, he likely assumed he’d be getting a capable backup with some undiscovered pep. He couldn’t have possibly known he’d be adding someone for whom putting on the pinstripes was both rejuvenating and powerful on a higher plane.
Trevino’s Yankees story has been imbued with a spot of magic from the start, but his connection to the franchise was eternally emphasized when he singled home the winning run on May 24 against the Baltimore Orioles, concluding a mini three-game skid with authority.
That would’ve been Trevino’s father’s birthday, and a day that began with a solemn cup of coffee in remembrance of his lifelong Yankee fan dad then took a horrifying turn when a school shooting in Uvalde, TX dominated the midday headlines. By day’s end, Trevino — a Texan, too — had taken the reins, shouting, “Papi!” to the sky in celebration of a victorious release.
To some people, being a Yankee just means more. Trevino’s relationship with this franchise and its magic became evident once again on Sunday night when, following the Bombers’ 18-4 win over the Cubs, the catcher headed to the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Derek Jeter’s upcoming documentary “The Captain.” Minutes later, he came face to face with greatness (and not just because he strode past a mirror).
In a clip shared by The Players’ Tribune, Trevino was spotted meeting Jeter on the red carpet, instantly transforming from a 29-year-old Yankees firebrand back into a child learning about the game through the guidance of Jeter’s stardom and his father’s watchful eye.
After the meeting, the catcher confirmed everything we were already thinking. Yes, this really was the moment where he finally came face-to-face with his childhood hero (and, oh yeah: Jeter tweeted back).
Yankees catcher Jose Trevino met childhood idol Derek Jeter
“Heartwarming” doesn’t even begin to cover it.
As was the case when Trevino first went viral for his May 24 walk-off, a pile of old tweets surfaced Sunday night that painted him in an even better light.
In case the catcher’s Yankee credentials ever get questioned, anyone can simply point to his string of messages from Jeter’s farewell season back in 2014, pledging loyalty to the Captain while holding back tears.
Hopefully, this isn’t the last time in 2022 and beyond that Trevino is inserted firmly into Yankees history, giving him excuse after excuse to meet Jeets.
Who knows? Maybe they’ll even be a future Derek Trevino, if the catcher gets his way. He admitted on this week’s episode of Jomboy Media’s The Rose Rotation that he’s going to advocate for the position.
Until then, Trevino will just have to continue embodying No. 2 on the field.
Pretty important stretch run and October on the horizon for memories to be made. Just saying. There’s a golden opportunity for the Bombers’ beloved catcher to elicit plenty of similar tweets about his own prowess from now-lifelong fans.