Superstar heart fielder Julio Rodríguez and emerging NBA superstar Paolo Banchero own a lot in neatly-liked.
Each won his league’s Rookie of the one year Award in 2022. Each has connections to Seattle. And as of Friday, every has an autographed jersey from the a kind of.
J-Rod paid a search recommendation from to Banchero sooner than Friday night’s contest between Banchero’s Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers at Kia Center. The 2 swapped jerseys, with Rodríguez personalizing his No. 44 for Banchero, and Banchero doing the identical with one in every of his No. 5 jerseys for Rodríguez.
This wasn’t the most foremost time these younger stars had met — Banchero visited J-Rod whereas attending a Mariners recreation at T-Cell Park closing spring. It will produce sense for Banchero to root for the M’s — finally, he modified into as soon as born in Seattle and played at O’Dea Excessive College sooner than being selected out of Duke with the No. 1 total steal within the 2022 NBA Draft.
J-Rod’s sensational 2022 advertising campaign, throughout which he grew to change into the quickest participant in AL/NL history to attain 25 home runs and 25 steals in his Main League occupation, earned him American League Rookie of the one year honors. Banchero’s colossal ’22 efficiency for the Magic resulted in an NBA Rookie of the one year trophy.
Given how issues own begun for the 21-year-primitive Banchero and the 23-year-primitive Rodríguez, every would be clever to present room for extra hardware within the fracture.