In Chicago, Tony Andracki wrote Cubs SS Javy Baez is "becoming the unquestioned face" of MLB, as he will be the "cover-boy" for the "MLB The Show 2020" video game. After last year's game featured Phillies RF Bryce Harper, Baez "joins the likes" of Yankees RF Aaron Judge and Baseball HOFers Ken Griffey Jr. and Chipper Jones as "cover athletes" for the game (NBCSPORTSCHICAGO.com, 10/21).
GIFT FROM ME TO YOU: In Pittsburgh, Hunter Homistek noted every Steelers player "had a box on his seat" after practice yesterday, and in it was a gift from WR JuJu Smith-Schuster: a HyperX gaming headset. HyperX "became the first gaming brand to sponsor an NFL player" in '18 when it signed Smith-Schuster as a brand ambassador (DKPITTSBURGHSPORTS.com, 10/21).
STAR POWER: In N.Y., Johannah Masters noted USWNT F Megan Rapinoe is one of the "faces of Nike's latest campaign," a "capsule collection" from Nordstrom VP/Creative Projects Olivia Kim, who teamed up with the apparel brand (N.Y. POST, 10/19).