New twist on the old ballgame: Major League pitcher is first to use emojis for name on jersey

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The emojis on the jersey of Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Boxberger on Saturday night. (Twitter Photo via Arizona Diamondbacks)

It’s “Players’ Weekend” throughout Major League Baseball and that means a chance for the pros to put a little pop of color and personality into the uniforms they wear throughout the summer.

The Seattle Mariners are on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Saturday night, down 3-1 in the ninth inning, they faced reliever Brad Boxberger.

Rather than a nickname stitched across his back, Boxberger took the mound as the first player in MLB history to have his name conveyed by emojis. A box emoji and a burger emoji were centered above his No. 31. (Don’t even get us started on whether the burger construction was proper, as was the case with this fast food flap).

Arizona pitcher Brad Boxberger’s emoji jersey, upper left, stands out among some of the other Players’ Weekend jerseys used across baseball. (MLB Photo)

Not sure what the emoji is for “blown save,” but Boxberger did just that as he gave up two hits and two runs in the ninth to allow the Mariners to tie the game — which they won in extra innings, 4-3.

Edwin “Sugar” Diaz notched his 50th save in the 10th inning for the M’s.

For more on Players’ Weekend, and the jersey nicknames for every player on every team, check out MLB’s website. And watch the Mariners game recap below — Boxberger makes his appearance at the 2:50 mark:

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Posted by Seattle Mariners on Saturday, August 25, 2018



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