Juan Soto shells out for self-portrait at Yankees foundation dinner

Yankees' Juan Soto just splurged $16,000 on a painting, making his love for the pinstripes more clear than ever.
Amanda Paula
Friday May 24, 2024

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Juan Soto, thriving since his offseason trade to the New York Yankees, boasts a .972 OPS this season. The ultimate test of his commitment to the Yankees and owner Hal Steinbrenner’s financial backing will come this offseason when Soto hits free agency. For now, Soto is delighting fans both on and off the field, with a notable display of his affection for New York at the Yankees Homecoming Dinner on May 19.

Juan Soto buys $16,000 painting of himself

Juan Soto Buys $16,000 Painting of Himself at Yankees Fundraiser

At this event, Soto made headlines by purchasing a painting of himself for $16,000 at a live auction. The artwork, a large headshot of Soto in his Yankees uniform, smiling broadly and looking to his right, was created live by Cody Sabol, a speed painter from Pittsburgh. A fan in attendance, BAT1STA, shared photos on X (formerly Twitter), capturing Soto’s joyful participation in the event.

BAT1STA posted several images from the dinner, which started at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. One photo showed Soto seated with a pen in hand, while another featured him posing with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. The Yankees Homecoming Dinner is a fundraising event for the New York Yankees Foundation, adding a charitable touch to Soto’s grand gesture.

The “Talkin’ Yanks” X account reposted the image of Soto with his painting, generating considerable excitement among fans. This act, combined with Soto’s stellar performance, has further endeared him to the Yankees faithful.

As Juan Soto continues to excel on the field and invest in his Yankee image off the field, fans and analysts are closely monitoring his potential future with the team.

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