Joey Gallo was smiling. He was laughing. He was …. joyful?
“Our vibe here is laid back, attempt to win games, try to not make it greater than anything than simply baseball,” the previous Yankee said. “I feel that’s been nice. It’s been good to date.”
Since being traded by the Yankees on Aug. 2, where he was benched after intense struggles and fan animosity, Gallo has performed well for the Dodgers — albeit in an especially small sample size. He’s hitting .196/.339/.478 with an .818 OPS and three home runs and eight RBIs in 46 at-bats.
Joey Gallo drives in a run after getting successful by a pitch through the third inning of the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg
He was batting fifth for the team with the perfect record in the game on Tuesday against the Mets, an indication of what the Dodgers consider the left-handed hitting slugger.
“They’ve seen some things they think they’ll make me higher at,” Gallo said after the Dodgers’ 4-3 win. “It doesn’t occur overnight, but after I first got there to LA, it was, ‘Hey, we’re just going to work on the method with you and get you back to who you’re and who you may be.’ ”
Little or no, if anything, went right for Gallo with the Yankees after coming over from the Rangers prior to last yr’s trade deadline. This season, he became an albatross, striking out 106 times in 233 trips to the plate while batting .159. He became the item of loud and frequent boos, and even said previously he didn’t want to indicate his face around town.
“Sometimes a change of scenery helps,” Gallo said. “There was nothing the Yankees were doing incorrect. I just didn’t play well there. I wish I played higher.”
He did struggle within the Dodgers’ recent series with the Marlins, going 0-for-9 with 4 strikeouts, and was hitless Tuesday night but did get an RBI on successful by pitch with the bases loaded. However the free agent-to-be has been much more productive with them than he was with the Yankees. Paradoxically, since acquiring Gallo, the Dodgers are 14-4 when he appears in a game while the Yankees have scuffled, managing an 8-16 mark heading into Tuesday’s game in Anaheim.
Gallo has kept tabs on them. He congratulated Aaron Judge on his fiftieth home run over text message on Tuesday and is rooting for his old teammates to do well. There’s a likelihood Gallo can see them again this yr, if each teams advance to the World Series. He wouldn’t mind a reunion.
“I get a hoop either way,” he joked. “My possibilities there go up a bit bit. I would like the perfect for those guys. I really like those guys over there. It might be exciting obviously to play them.”