Love teammates supporting teammates. Good vibes. Positive reinforcement. Exactly what this New York Yankees team needs.
But of course, the latest such gesture is inherently awkward. There’s no way around it. Can 2021 end already? Another cursed year with this squad.
On Sunday, Joey Gallo was named the Gold Glove winner for right field in the American League. Great, right?
Eh, sort of. He was the first “Yankee” to take home the award since Brett Gardner in 2016, but was somehow given the nod over fellow teammate Aaron Judge, who played 200 more innings than Gallo at the position and displaced the lefty slugger once he arrived in the Bronx via the trade with the Texas Rangers.
When you look deeper into the stats, too, Judge was clearly better — AND he played center field when the Yankees were dealing with injury issues while Gallo struggled in left.
That’s why we can’t help but feel weird about Judge congratulating Gallo for an award he should have taken home (and wasn’t even a finalist for).
Yankees star Aaron Judge congratulated Joey Gallo on his Gold Glove win.
Plus, Judge doesn’t put on his pants in a weird way! Come on, Rawlings! Just kidding.
Honestly, it probably would’ve been weirder had Judge not said anything. After all, he’s the de facto team captain, right? He was very clearly the Yankees best player in 2021 and must continue to exude leadership qualities if he’s going to be the face of the franchise for the next five years.
On top of supporting Gallo, Judge has already been spotted doing offseason work with Gleyber Torres, who struggled mightily the last two years. Any guidance from the Yankees’ best hitter will go a long way for Torres’ lost bat.
Hey, we’ll take Judge stepping up into a more influential leadership role over recognition delivered by a glove-making company, if we’re being honest.
As long as we know Judge is arguably the best right fielder in the game, that’s good enough to help us sleep at night.