The New York Yankees beefed up their lineup before the trade deadline by bringing lefty sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo. Both men have already started to contribute: timely home runs, walks, excellent defense, and even charisma.
Yesterday, however, may have represented the highest point of Joey Galloâ€™s young career with the Yankees. With his team down a run and two outs in the eighth inning, the slugger found two runners on base.
He proceeded to deliver a high drive to right field that may have been an out in most stadiums, but thanks to Yankee Stadiumâ€™s short porch, it ended up in the stands. The Yankees had turned a one-run deficit into a two-run advantage. Just like that.
110 mph exit velocity.
48 degree launch angle.
7.3 seconds hang time.
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A Yankees fan just living the moment
Gallo, who grew up as a Yankees fan, couldnâ€™t hide his happiness after the game, even if he admitted that the short porch had a role in the ball leaving the park. A home run is a home run, and all that matters is that the Bombers earned a huge win against a direct rival in the hunt for a Wild Card spot.
â€œTen-year-old me would be crying right now and not believing whatâ€™s going on,â€ he said, per NJ Advance Media. â€œItâ€™s really crazy. Itâ€™s something that I have to take a step back from. I mean, Iâ€™m at Yankee Stadium, getting a curtain call from Yankees fans. Itâ€™s crazy to me.â€
Gallo showed his slugging prowess on Thursday night, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and the home run.
â€œIt was just a big at-bat and a big moment and you could feel that could be a game-changing at-bat and I was glad I was able to come through and help the team win,â€ he said.
He joked about receiving texts from friends saying that his drive would have been a flyout to the right fielder in any other park, but he told them he plays for the Yankees now and the ball went out.
Frankly, thatâ€™s all that matters.