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Juan Soto: ‘It’s an honor’ to be chosen as Topps Series 2 cover player

Juan Soto is in love with the New York Yankees. He’s only been with them since December 6, when he was traded by the San Diego Padres, but the fit has been incredible – like a hand in a perfectly tailored glove.

Soto’s resurgence with the Yankees after a rough season-plus in San Diego has not gone unnoticed. Topps chose him as the cover player for their 2024 Series 2 baseball cards, meaning he’s not only on the box, but also on the packaging of each individual card pack inside the box.

“It was unbelievable, you know,” Soto told Yahoo Sports about his selection as cover player. “It’s an honor – and the photo they have on it is a very exciting moment, I think, just after a big hit with all the lights in the stadium on me.”

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Soto “can’t wait” to see his cards in Series 2, and is especially excited to sign them – or any other Soto cards fans bring him.

“I like to sign the cards,” he said. “They really mean something to the children who give them to me, you can see it in their faces.”

While Soto undoubtedly has some favorite places to eat and get a fresh slice since moving to the city, he told Yahoo Sports that his current favorite place is Yankee Stadium, where the fans have “really embraced me.”

The display box for Topps 2024 Series 2 baseball cards.  Yankees right fielder Juan Soto is featured on the box and cover of each individual card pack.  (Image courtesy of Topps)The display box for Topps 2024 Series 2 baseball cards.  Yankees right fielder Juan Soto is featured on the box and cover of each individual card pack.  (Image courtesy of Topps)

The display box for Topps 2024 Series 2 baseball cards. Yankees right fielder Juan Soto is featured on the box and cover of each individual card pack. (Image courtesy of Topps)

Those fans are one of the reasons Soto loves his home court. He loves “how loud Yankee Stadium can be and how fans enjoy every play in the game, they are ON the entire game.”

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Soto gives those fans plenty of reasons to cheer him on. He currently leads his teammates in virtually every major offensive category. He has the best batting average (.314), on-base percentage (.414) and OPS (.955) on the team. He has the most hits (50), RBI (34), is tied for second in home runs (9) with Aaron Judge, and has only 24 strikeouts in 42 games.

Soto also leads the AL in OBP and RBI. His Yankees took just two of three in a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays and are just a half-game behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.

Soto’s current personal goal is to hit a home run in every Major League park (he only has four stadiums to go: T-Mobile Park, Angel Stadium, Guaranteed Rate Field and Globe Life Field), but he knows which side his bread lies. buttered. Hitting a home run in any MLB park would be nice, but you don’t get a trophy or ring for that. No parade either. There’s only one way to get those things, and Soto said that’s what he’s aiming for.

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“For me, it’s winning a championship with the Yankees and being part of their history,” he said.

That’s the one thing Yankees fans — especially those who will soon get their hands on one of Soto’s Series 2 Topps cards — need to hear.

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