In the third installment of “The Face of *insert city name here*”, I’ll be breaking down one of the most controversial questions: which athlete is the face of New York City? This question from Twitter is what actually inspired me to do this series and really got me thinking. To ease in, I thought I would do a couple of simpler ones. Kris Bryant was the no-brainer of who actually runs Chicago. Joel Embiid beat out Carson Wentz in Philadelphia. But who is the face of NYC?
MLB: Aaron Judge
The New York Yankees and New York Mets both occupy the Big Apple. It’s incredible how many baseball stars there are on both teams.
The Mets roster includes veterans such as David Wright and Jose Reyes, both who have had great careers. However, both Wright and Reyes’ careers are going downhill.
Wright has not had any luck staying healthy. After having rotator cuff surgery in his right shoulder last year he almost immediately underwent a back surgery. Reyes could’ve been the face of New York back in his first stint with the Mets but not anymore.
Other star powered veterans on the team include Jay Bruce, Adrian Gonzalez, and Yoenis Cespedes but none of these guys are the face of baseball in NYC.
We all know that face of New York representing the MLB can’t be a Met. The Yankees are and will forever represent New York. Its rich history and signings of star players every year always make them the team of New York.
Recently, the focus has shifted to the newly acquired right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. Last year in Miami, Stanton had a career year by blasting 59 home runs. He also had career highs in runs, hits, and doubles.
Representing the face of New York out of the MLB though is actually Aaron Judge. Judge blew everyone away with a very impressive first half of the season his rookie year. The kid hit 30 homeruns with a batting average of .329.
NBA: Kristaps Porzingis
Two NBA teams are located in New York, the Knicks and the (Brooklyn) Nets.
Kristaps Porzingis is the obvious choice to represent the face of New York from the NBA. If we travel back to 2015 on draft night, I think most of us can remember Kristaps name being announced as the number four draft pick for the Knicks.
At the time Knicks fans booed the seven-foot, three-inch Latvian. Even one kid cried after the pick was announced.
Boy, have times changed, and now Porzingis is a fan favorite.
According to Forbes, Porzingis had the seventh highest selling jersey of all NBA players in 2016. The next year, he jumped up to number five according to stats from the NBA Shop.
NFL: Odell Beckham Jr.
If were talking strictly history, I’m picking Eli Manning. Manning has been the head man of the Giants since 2004 and has led the team to two Super Bowl victories while being named MVP in both. He started at quarterback for the Giants in 222 straight games, with that streak ended by a terrible coaching decision.
The face of the NFL teams from New York has to be Odell Beckham Jr. though. He first made a name for himself where he pulled off that insane one handed catch against the division rival, Dallas Cowboys. Since then, he’s emerged as one of the league’s top receivers.
Odell is also considered one of the league’s biggest divas. Whether people consider this good as in a fun way or bad as in a distracting way, it adds to his popularity. Personally, I think it’s fun. On the field we see battles between Odell and Josh Norman. Off the field we saw battles between Odell and the kicking net and a romantic makeup between the two.
Aaron Judge versus Kristaps Porzingis versus Odell Beckham Jr. to represent New York is by far the most competitive from all my recent articles. With the way Judge went from no one to one of the best major leaguers I’m going to give him the edge. Others may have a different opinion, and you know what? I’m not going to argue because any three of these guys could be the face of New York.