Being an MLB catcher is incredibly challenging. Apart from the physical toll it takes on your knees, squatting behind home plate for nearly 150 pitches per game, you have to be able to relate to and command a pitching staff that can feature as many as 13 different players at any given time.
In order to combat that, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has come up with an ingenious way to make sure he and his pitchers are always on the same page. Sanchez has a different wristband for every pitcher the Yankees have. For example, Canadian James Paxton has a maple leaf on his wristband.
Oh, but it doesn't stop there.
Masahiro Tanaka and Domingo German get the Japanese and German flag, respectively, on their wristbands.
The Yankees' eight and ninth inning tandem of Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman get a picture of a bowling ball and the fire emoji. It doesn't take a detective to figure out why.
One of the two crown jewels of this little experiment is Adam Ottavino's wristband, which has a sticker that reads "The Lab", related to Ottavino building his own pitching "lab" in an old warehouse in Harlem.
The best one by a country mile has to be CC Sabathia's Black Santa emoji.
Sanchez has found both a fashionable and functional way to make sure he and his pitchers are always on the same page.
It also goes to show just how hard the backstop has been working to improve behind the plate, and ensure that he and his pitchers have a strong working relationship. Chemistry between pitcher and catcher is vital and clearly Sanchez is putting in the work to help develop a solid rapport with his hurlers.