Saturday, January 25, 2014


With the Yankees’ signing of coveted pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, memes erupted all over the web. Tanaka was everywhere. Let’s track the phenomenon.

Our friend BigRalf BxnyYankees was responsible for the most prevalent photo manipulation meme. It was used in many initial reports of Tanaka’s signing:

Regular readers will remember BigRalf’s skills from our superhero piece. Certainly, he has now carved a name for himself in Yankees’ meme history. That was made evident by how quickly his picture was copied and used in others’ works.

Sergio A Holfmanns did a fun variation:

So did our friend Stripes (not his real name):

And Pinstripe Alley expounded upon it:

BigRalf’s wasn’t the only good photoshop. This very site did a nice one of its own:

Then there was the baseball card, unknown artist at this time:

Even this writer took a shot:

To sum up, the signing of Masahiro Tanaka by New York got the entire online community excited. Furthermore, it put the baseball world on notice. The general feeling was that Yankee fans are confident again.

Good. It’s about time.

--Chad R. MacDonald
BYB Features Writer
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