With Didi’s emo­jis, Clown face, Squid join Babe & Boss

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

A fran­chise known for the Babe, the Boss and the Iron Horse has a new set of nick­names. Clown face is in left, Bow and ar­row com­petes for time in cen­ter and Male judge is sta­tioned in right.

These monikers are all be­stowed by the New York Yan­kees’ Didi Gre­go­rius. After wins, the short­stop tweets high­lights and praise us­ing emo­jis for team­mates in his own dig­i­tal hi­ero­glyphs.

“Just spur of the mo­ment,” he said. “What­ever comes into mind, what I think will fit in best, and that’s what I do.” Snarky so­bri­quets have given a cool edge to a usu­ally staid-look­ing group known for pu­ri­tan­i­cal pin­stripes.

Man in tuxedo starts at third - Todd Fra­zier, a.k.a. The Toddfa­ther. Glow­ing star (Star­lin Cas­tro) mans se­cond and Squid (Gary Sanchez) is be­hind the plate. There’s a com­pound emoti­con - Flexed bi­ceps and Pout­ing face for first base­man Chase Headley. “I think that’s just maybe the im­pres­sion that I give off some­times just in my fa­cial ex­pres­sions,” Headley said. “Cer­tainly not how I feel, but I think maybe when I’m play­ing I’m fo­cused or what­ever and I look like that.”

Stop­watch (Masahiro Tanaka) is on a ro­ta­tion that also in­cludes Baby - Luis Sev­erino. Fire (Aroldis Chap­man) fin­ishes close wins. “Some of them laugh about it,” Gre­go­rius said. “I don’t think ev­ery­body knows that I’m do­ing it.” His emoti­cons keep gain­ing in promi­nence. The Yan­kees’ tweeted their bat­ting or­der with emoti­cons on June 22 and a Tweet­LikeDidi hash­tag has gained trac­tion. The team’s YES Net­work an­a­lyzes Gre­go­rius’ tweets in the man­ner of Jean-Fran­cois Cham­pol­lion de­ci­pher­ing Egyp­tian ar­ti­facts in the 19th cen­tury.

Todd Fra­zier, ac­quired by the Yan­kees from the Chicago White Sox, feels hon­ored by Gre­go­rius’ pick for him. “I’m look­ing sharp, man, be­cause that’s prob­a­bly the op­po­site of what I dress like,” he said. “It’s got like the Mafiosa kind of scene in there.” Rookie Clint Fra­zier quickly earned a triple emoji: Box­ing glove, Car­rot and Top with up­wards ar­row above. “I wanted the lion emoji, be­cause it had the big red mane,” ex­plained Fra­zier, who was forced to trim his long locks by the Yan­kees dur­ing spring train­ing. “I like the box­ing hands, too. He uses that as a ref­er­ence for my quick hands, is what he says.”

Gard­ner, called the “heart and soul” of the Yan­kees by pitcher CC Sa­bathia, wasn’t sure whether his emoji meant he was a clown or a joker. “Maybe a lit­tle bit of both. Maybe more the class clown.” he said. “I’m not sure ex­actly what the mean­ing is be­hind it, but I know he has a lot of fun with it. Peo­ple en­joy it. It’s great.”

Tanaka is Stop­watch fol­lowed by “time” be­cause Gre­go­rius con­sid­ers it Tanaka Time when the Ja­panese star takes the mound. Cas­tro some­times gets a “lin” after his Star. Aaron Hicks is Older man. “Didi, he’s a trip,” Hicks said with a wide smile. Ells­bury got his Bow and Ar­row be­cause his mother is a Navajo. Sanchez be­came a Squid be­cause gen­eral man­ager Brian Cash­man re­ferred to him two years ago as the Kraken, a leg­endary sea mon­ster. First base­man Chris Carter was Rhinoceros. Backup catcher Austin Romine is Row­boat, and Miguel An­du­jar was dubbed Ja­panese ogre after get­ting three hits in his ma­jor league de­but. When he got his first big league hit in June, Tyler Wade was re­ferred to as Sleuth or spy.

“I got no idea,” Wade said. Rookie pitcher Jor­dan Mont­gomery is Turkey , he thinks maybe be­cause he played college ball for the South Carolina Game­cocks. “That’s the only thing I can go with,” he said.

Des­ig­nated hit­ter Matt Hol­l­i­day has per­haps the most bor­ing emoti­con combo: Flexed bi­ceps and Neu­tral face . When rookie Gar­rett Cooper had a four-hit game this week, he earned “mini” fol­lowed by Au­to­mo­bile, a MINI Cooper.

“That’s what he’s called me the whole time I’ve been up here,” Cooper said. “I kind of knew he was going to go with that.” Ac­quired from Arizona after the 2014 season, Gre­go­rius ar­rived in New York with a ti­tle: The Dutch-born in­fielder was knighted a mem­ber of Or­der of Or­ange-Nas­sau after help­ing the Nether­lands win the 2011 Base­ball World Cup . His no­ble rank is even on his Twit­ter ac­count, and the Yan­kees re­ferred to him with a crossed swords emoji.

Gre­go­rius ini­ti­ated game re­cap tweets the fol­low­ing April , be­gan in­sert­ing emo­jis the fol­low­ing month and started his Spreadthe­news hash­tag in Au­gust. In­di­vid­ual team­mate emoti­cons were added starting in April 2016 , and two months later he tweeted: “An emoji is worth 1000 words!”

Gre­go­rius, an artist who also draws and ed­its video, doesn’t read­ily re­veal the thought process of his emoti­con de­ci­sions, even to team­mates. “They have to guess,” he said. —AP

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