Kyle Higashioka is hitting homers on the field and on Twitter.
Out of all the tweets the Yankees catcher could’ve replied to — after he homered twice in Monday night’s 3-1 win over the Blue Jays — he chose one that has fans cracking up.
Following the Yankees victory over Toronto, Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, a popular internet personality and Esports co-owner, tweeted at the team, writing, “@Yankees I’m getting a Kyle Higashioka tattoo on my a–.” A bold move that was presumably fueled by Higashioka’s stellar offensive performance, as well as his spot-on chemistry with pitcher Gerrit Cole.
“Is this real,” Higashioka replied to Dunlop’s tweet.
Dunlop simply replied: “Sh-t…”.
Higashioka has yet to respond, but many Twitter users found the exchange to be hilarious. Others jokingly called out Dunlop for hopping on the Higashioka bandwagon after his continued progress behind the plate and at bat.
Higashioka has been a bright spot for the Yankees and is the popular backup to Gary Sanchez. Cole, the team’s ace, has performed much more consistently with Higashioka than Sanchez.
During Monday night’s matchup, Higashioka delivered on both sides of the ball — playing a pivotal role in support of Cole and hitting two homers, which propelled the Yankees to a win on a night where they struggled at the plate.
Aaron Boone said that while Higashioka won’t be Cole’s “full-time” catcher, the 30-year-old, who was selected by the team in the seventh round of the 2008 MLB draft, will “catch him a lot.” Boone noted that Sanchez will still catch Cole on occasion.
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