Whether Juan Soto's here for a good time or a long time (or both) isn't relevant right now. He's a New York Yankee for the 2024 season. His Baseball-Reference page will remind fans of that for the rest of time.
Yankees fans would certainly love a long-term relationship, but nothing is guaranteed. All we know is that the World Series is back on for 2024 (for now) and that Soto is apparently pumped to be in the Bronx. Pretty much all you can ask for at this point.
How do we know that? Well, he said it clearly during his introductory Zoom press conference last week. He talked about how he's excited to play in front of a large contingent of Dominican fans, and that every baseball player, in some shape or form, has a desire to wear the pinstripes.
He followed that up with some action on social media. First, he re-posted the Yankees' graphic of him doing the Soto Shuffle in a Bombers jersey standing over the NYC skyline. Then, on his Instagram story, he posted a clip of him taking a swing as a San Diego Padre as he morphed into a Yankee (which seemed to be a version of himself in MLB The Show).
A Yankee active on social media? Is that even allowed?! Maybe this'll open up the floodgates for more engaging content from the team. Bring us life!
Juan Soto's latest Instagram story will get Yankees fans jacked up
There's nothing better than when a player embraces being a Yankee, and Soto is off to a roaring start since being acquired two weeks ago. He's been a saving grace for this fan base as the offseason has dragged on, with Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto holding up the free agent market.
Soto will be a future massive expenditure for the Yankees, and the organization will be granted a one-year preview before committing 10-plus years to the 2019 World Series champ. That'll be useful for many reasons, whether good or bad, but he's already winning over the city with his introduction, which says a lot because it's largely been distanced.
Oddly enough, Soto felt like he was going to be traded to the Yankees ever since the rumors surfaced. Now it feels like he's already a Yankee without having even put on a uniform. He's passed the first part of the audition with flying colors.