Juan Soto FaceTimed Baseball Campers and Their Reaction Was Priceless

Yankees star Juan Soto gave these baseball campers an experience they'll never forget.
Yankees outfielder Oswaldo Cabrera holds a phone while Facetiming teammate Juan Soto with campers during a JustinTime Baseball Summer Camp session in Westchester County, New York.
Yankees outfielder Oswaldo Cabrera holds a phone while Facetiming teammate Juan Soto with campers during a JustinTime Baseball Summer Camp session in Westchester County, New York. / Screengrab Twitter @MLB
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Youth baseball players attending a JustinTime Baseball camp session in Westchester County, Ny. on Sunday had no idea that they were about to experience a moment they would never forget.

After all, the baseball campers from Briarcliff's little league team had already met New York Yankees outfielder Oswaldo Cabrera. According to JustinTime Baseball's website, Cabrera is partnering with the organization to host a training camp for the first time this summer.

How much better could it get?

The answer was a lot better, as Cabrera pulled out his cell phone and told the campers he had a "little surprise" for them in the form of saying hi to a "friend that I played with in the past."

The unmistakeable sounds of an iPhone starting up FaceTime followed as several children murmured, "Aaron Judge?", wondering aloud if the hulking Yankees slugger was about to pop up on Cabrera's phone screen.

It was not Judge, but perhaps the next biggest Yankees star, Juan Soto, whose face appeared on the screen to the joy of the little leaguers, whose reaction was priceless.

"Soto! Soto! Soto!" the campers chanted in unison as they jumped up and down in excitement.

What a moment. That's what baseball—and sports—is all about.

Soto, who ranks sixth (just behind Judge) in MLB in OPS, has taken quickly to New York in his first season with the Yankees. The franchise acquired the slugger in a blockbuster trade with the San Diego Padres in December of 2023.

Judging by the reaction of these little leaguers, New York has taken quickly to Soto, too.


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Tim Capurso

TIM CAPURSO

Tim Capurso is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Previously he wrote for RotoBaller and ClutchPoints, where he was the lead editor for MLB, College Football and NFL coverage. A lifelong Yankees and Giants fan, Tim grew up just outside New York City and now lives near Philadelphia. When he's not writing, Tim enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with his family, including his three-legged cat Willow, who, unfortunately, is an Eagles fan.