Kidding, of course, but Gallo’s scientific aversion to sacrifice flies is well-documented by now. Somehow, the slugger — who constantly lifts the ball — has hit only two sacrifices in his entire career. On the flip side, he’s got one inside the park home run, and he nearly made it a pair in the third inning on Friday.
With two on and one out, Gallo waited for a changeup with two strikes against Connor Seabold (nicely done) and lifted it high in the air to right, where converted infielder Christian Arroyo was waiting for … something.
Arroyo broke in. Unfortunately for him, the ball broke out.
The Sox “outfielder” waved his arms around and begged for help as the baseball sailed surprisingly close to Pesky’s Pole. You can see Trevor Story actually trying to help and pointing deeper, but Arroyo’s agitation clouded everything, as the ball landed just about as far as possible away from him.
Gallo plated both runs instead of the single run that would’ve scored on his sacrifice smash, but unfortunately was hosed at the plate on a nice recovery, his hair flopping in the breeze as he yanked his helmet off to cap a bizarre play.
Yankees’ Joey Gallo nearly hits inside-the-park home run vs Red Sox
What … was any of that?
Gallo’s .165 average entering Friday’s action is significantly below even his preseason expectations as a power-focused guy, but the more highlights the better, and anything at all has a chance to spark someone everyone knows is a two-time All-Star.
His moonshot home run in Pittsburgh was more typical of his profile, but this high and deep drive to right that undressed Arroyo could work, too. However the job gets done, right?
After the inning concluded, Arroyo was spotted smashing his glove repeatedly in the dugout. Chris Sale, nearby, rated his tantrum a 3-out-of-10.