The trade capped back-to-back seasons to forget from Gallo, whose particular brand of baseball was primed to be despised by the Greatest Generation of Yankee fans, even if it worked. Alas ... it didn't. After posting an .869 OPS with the Rangers in the first half of 2021, that number decreased to .707 with the Yankees and .621 in the first half of 2022. He also hit .160, followed by .159, followed by .162 in LA. With all the strikeouts, and without all the power, his resolve withered and fans' patience waned.
By the end of his tenure in the Bronx, it seems even the New York media grew tired of Gallo, despite the fact that he remained a quote machine as the trade deadline approached.
The feeling was definitely mutual. In fact, most of the antipathy was probably on Gallo's end. Jon Heyman went out of his way to mention in a recent column that Gallo snubbed Yankees writers and New York-based national media members before a recent Twins-Yanks tilt in Fort Myers.
When a whole crowd took a brisk drive just to boo you, maybe you don't want to humor that fanbase or media members.
Joey Gallo snubs Yankees media, per Jon Heyman
According to Heyman:
"Joey Gallo looks good at first base, Twins baseball president Derek Falvey told us on The Post podcast 'The Show.' No surprise, he avoided New York writers in Fort Myers. Even a reminder of his unhappy year here won’t be good. Perhaps he’ll like 'Minnesota nice' better. …"- Jon Heyman
Gallo deserves a fresh start with the Twins, even if Yankee fans still view him as a villain for scuffling under the microscope, as well as implying upon his exit that he didn't feel safe leaving the house. As outlandish as that sounds, that's ... sometimes how anxious people in unpleasant situations view their day-to-day safety.
The Yankees were Gallo's childhood team, and he left feeling like -- his words -- a "piece of s**t." No wonder he didn't want to face the New York media again. He didn't want to think about the memories that had been wrecked for him thanks to a bad few months.