So…yeah, actually. Pretty solid superstar.
In case you needed to hear more of an argument than just, “Wouldn’t some lefty power be revolutionary?”, we’re happy to direct you towards this old Gallo interview, which has resurfaced in the wake of the recent rumor whirlpool.
Not only did Gallo grow up a Yankee fan — just like you! — but they’re the only New York team he “abandoned” when he went to Texas.
His childhood favorite player’s no slouch, either.
In fact, if Gallo doesn’t wind up with either the Yankees or the Marlins, we’re going to feel pretty bad for the guy.
The Yankees need Yankee fan Joey Gallo.
If you’re not buying any of the other extremely valid arguments for Gallo in pinstripes — and how could you watch the lefty “power” this team is currently providing and not at least believe he could help? — maybe this’ll be the interview that convinces you.
How often have we watched self-described childhood Red Sox fans rip it up in Boston because it just “matters more” to them in that city? Remember Steve Pearce? Do you recall JD Martinez? More self-described childhood Yankee fans in pinstripes, please. More players playing for more than just a paycheck. More athletes who still feel in awe of the mystique.
If his love for Derek Jeter and the G-Men don’t convince Brian Cashman to pull the trigger, what about the Blue Jays’ intensifying interest?
For as depressing as the Yankees’ season has been, Toronto’s hasn’t been that far behind. Despite getting a transcendent season from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and a superstar breakout on a pillow contract in Marcus Semien, the pitching has let the rest of the team down and George Springer’s been nothing but a cameo in center field.
Does Gallo change all that in Toronto? Well, he’s an undercover Yankee fan, so…of course not.
Maybe the Yankees should get nudged in the right direction by this combination of factors, though, and think twice (and maybe three times) about what adding 24 homers and 4.0 WAR from the left side could do for them. Especially 4.0 WAR that actively hates the Red Sox down in their bones.