Gary Sanchez is primed to be the next big thing in New York. But to be important in the fashion capital of the U.S., he could use a signature piece of clothing.
Enter Sanchez's newly inspired Yankee caps. Teaming with Bronx-born artist Andre Trenier, Sanchez produced three hat models, which include features of the Bronx and Sanchez's native Dominican Republic.
Yankee fans can vote for their favorite New Era hat model using the corresponding hashtag on Twitter. Voting opened April 10 and closes May 8. The winning style will then be sold to the public. The promotion is part of the Yankees' partnership with Pepsi.
"Andre is an incredible artist," Sanchez says. "He actually came to me with a few concepts and I thought, 'Wow, those are even better than anything I could of come up with.' He then showed me some designs for the concepts and I gave him my input. He is so talented that he doesn't need me to tell him what to do. He just understood the vision and made it come to life."
If Sanchez could give one of the caps to anyone, who would it be?
"Depends on which hat the fans select, but I could definitely see Daddy Yankee wearing any of them," Sanchez says.
Along with the "Caps Off to the Yankees" promotion, Sanchez and Trenier also appeared at Kola House in New York City for a post-Opening Day party with a performance by Fat Joe. That same day, Trenier painted a mural of Sanchez outside of Stan's Sports Bar next to Yankee Stadium.
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Sanchez, who finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2016, missed Opening Day with a right biceps strain. He has not played since April 8 and is not expected back until May.
Sanchez may have a new hat to wear when he makes his return, as fans still have three weeks to vote at Yankees.com/Pepsi.