Joey Gallo quote after huge comeback vs Twins proves Yankees have swagger

Adam Weinrib
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 07: (L-R) Aaron Hicks #31, Aaron Judge #99, and Joey Gallo #13 of the New York Yankees celebrate a 10-4 victory against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on June 7, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 07: (L-R) Aaron Hicks #31, Aaron Judge #99, and Joey Gallo #13 of the New York Yankees celebrate a 10-4 victory against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on June 7, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /
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When even Joey Gallo is projecting confidence with the bat and at the mic, it’s clear the 2022 Yankees might have something special here.

Though a wide swath of New Yorkers were distracted by the New York Rangers’ nail-biter Game 5 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday, those who instead opted to watch the Yankees were delivered a roller coaster of emotions, Ryan Ruocco-style.

This series finale felt like it was speeding off the tracks to the masses, but not to the men on the field. Gallo, of all people, helped spark the internal comeback bid twice, setting the stage perfectly for Aaron Hicks (truly, of all people) to bang the gavel and end it.

Don’t call it a comeback. Call it two distinct comebacks that eventually turned into a laugher, long after everyone who memed Gerrit Cole’s bad start to death had turned the game off.

This game was 7-3 Twins in the bottom of the third after five dingers off one of MLB’s best starters. Minnesota has plenty of star power and wasn’t a scrappy underdog up big over the big, bad Yankees. They had a runner on second, one out, and Lucas Luetge entering to put out the fire.

Put it out he did, allowing Gallo to crack his second homer of the game (the first was a two-run shot in the second) and the comeback to begin. Somehow, this team always knew a win was inevitable.

Yankees’ Joey Gallo had no doubt Bombers would come back vs Twins

Now, some of that is Dylan Bundy on the bump for the other side. Some of that is the Yankees’ long history of dominance over these Twins, who could throw Carlos Correa or Carlos Silva out there, and it seemingly wouldn’t matter.

But a lot of it is the 2022 Bombers’ belief, even among players like Hicks and Gallo who’ve been unable to meet expectations thus far.

Both have heated up over the past week (check the numbers), capping their efforts with a showcase game on Thursday night. Hicks stole the show with some late fireworks, tying the game with a vintage blast before adding the ninth insurance run with a well-placed single.

Better yet? The eighth (Rizzo RBI single) and ninth (Hicks RBI single) runs came against Jhon Duran, the rookie reliever who throws a 100 MPH spikeball sinker. Not even an elite relief arm can keep this team down when it’s rolling.

Thursday’s win brought the Bombers to 15-7 against teams above .500. This three-game set featured three poor starts from a sterling rotation, the worst coming in the finale … and yet, they still took two. The 2022 Yankees can win thrillers, tight ones, pitchers’ duels, and any type of game you throw at them against any opponent. That’s why they believe in their chances.

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