Oh, Joey Gallo. If only you’d performed up to the level of power-hungry dominance you’d established in Texas, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. As it stands, though, most of the Yankees‘ fan base is so eager to move on that they’re reading the tea leaves on the table at an Italian dinner.
Rumor has it that the struggling Gallo will be very much available at the upcoming trade deadline, with teams like the Padres and Twins still examining his worth for the second half. Surely, he’ll be better once he escapes New York’s clutches.
So, where do the Yankees turn after Gallo departs? Ian Happ of the Cubs makes a good deal of sense, as does Andrew Benintendi of the Royals. But perhaps the team will look to the past, instead, in an attempt to prove the validity of the thousands of recent tweets we’ve read claiming “Brett Gardner would be betta den DIS!”
Perhaps that’s … not quite so far from reality, if we’re to believe a Brooklyn Italian restaurant.
Lucali in Cobble Hills chose violence on Thursday when they opted to post a video of the Yankees making a visit to their beloved restaurant.
There they are, all the current Yankee stars! There’s Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton! And hey, over there, it’s Gerrit Cole and DJ LeMahieu! And there’s absolute, definite current Yankee — BRETT GARDNER?!
Yankees eating Italian dinner with Brett Gardner
Old photo? New photo? The people need to know, and the jury is SPLIT. Not the first time Gardy’s been spotted/set off alarm bells, either.
If it’s an old photo … Lucali, come on! You can’t be doing that! Have some awareness of the Bronx Bombers’ current outfield picture before you post a feast from the good old days.
Then again … Gerrit Cole’s involved, so unless this is from 2021, early 2020, or it’s a Gavin Newsom at the French Laundry-style photo of COVID rule-breaking, it could easily be from the past few weeks or months. According to Ryan Ruocco — who would know! — this is what we call an “old dinner.”
In Gardner’s “unbearable” 2021 season (as Yankees Twitter would’ve had you believe), he finished with a 91 OPS+ mark, netting out at an even 100 for his career, exactly the definition of league-average.
Who knows if anything comes of this, but man oh man, the Yankees could really use some league-average play in that outfield slot right about now.
Or maybe this is a photo from 2021 and we’re all bored to tears. Who can say?