During the final day(s) of NBA free agency still being in the moratorium period, emojis made several headlines and quite frankly stole the show. They were all the buzz during the saga that ensued with DeAndre Jordan making the decision to back out of an agreement with the Dallas Mavericks in order to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Several current and former players, and companies joined the fray with seemingly everyone trying to one-up the other. Major League Baseball also got in on the action, assigning emojis to designated hashtags during the final vote period on Friday:
Additionally, a fan-generated survey attempted to asssign emojis to former and current baseball players, striving to highlight their nicknames or simply describing what they did to revolutionize the game, via ESPN’s Darren Rovell:
The MLB player emoji key is here, crowdsourced from you pic.twitter.com/vsYlWMa5gy
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 9, 2015
Current Los Angeles Dodgers’ hitting coach Mark McGwire was aptly assigned a cheeseburger — he is ‘Big Mac’ after all. Former Dodgers’ third baseman Ron Cey also made the cut, appropriately depicted by a penguin, referring to the nickname he held throughout his playing career.
Legend Jackie Robinson is simply represented by No. 42, and Bobby Bonilla, who played for the Dodgers during the 1998 season, had the interesting representation of the moneybag and calendar emojis to commemorate his annual earnings from his contract with the New York Mets.
Also included was outfielder Shane Victorino. The native Hawaiian is portrayed by four emojis that all allude to his home and his Hawaiian persona he embraces. To no surprise Dodgers’ legend Steve Sax was characterized using the saxophone emoji.