That doesn’t mean he’s always photogenic, though.
During the height of the pandemic in 2020, MLB refocused many of its marketing efforts on gathering all the gamers/players they could find and roping them into showing off their MLB: The Show skills via some very entertaining streams.
Gallo played along, but … well, not happily.
See, it immediately became very clear that somewhere out there, some developer hates him.
Otherwise, there’s no excuse for the imagery he had to contend with when he opened the game. Gallo hilariously navigated us through a series of Texas Rangers opening screens, featuring a locked-in Mike Minor, a mid-set-up Elvis Andrus, and … not one, but two non-flattering photos of him.
Someone at MLB: The Show hates new Yankees slugger Joey Gallo.
One’s an accident. Two’s a trend.
Seriously, though, what’s the deal here? Somebody in the trenches building this game despises OBP and strikeouts? Gallo has been photographed hitting well over 100 majestic dingers. He’s been to All-Star Games, and stood front-and-center at MLB showcase events. He took batting practice on the construction site that eventually became the new Globe Life Field in Texas? That was pretty cool?
There are plenty of idyllic Gallo moments to select from, but no. These guys went with an anguished strikeout reaction and a “Jim from The Office” face if you added a cocked eyebrow and a little more confusion.
Gallo has every right to be bummed out by this, especially considering he’s always been quite the smooth legend, on and off the field. To make the newest Yankees star feel a little better, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of his prom night.
There you go, Joey. Hope that makes you feel a little better.
Hopefully, at some point, the bullpen needs to be saved in a 20-3 Yankees runaway win so we can watch Gallo pump strikes while making batters slink back to the dugout with his patented “confused” face on.