When the Dodgers acquired Joey Gallo from the Yankees at the trade deadline, they hoped a change of atmosphere would help Gallo reset and regain his form as one of the premier power hitters in the game.
We’re not sure they knew how literal that “change of atmosphere” idea was, though. Sure, the New York crowds booed Gallo mercilessly and he was unable to go to the deli around the corner for fear of being heckled by harsh Yankee fans, so getting away from a fanbase that had turned on him was important.
But, as it turns out, just getting out of New York itself was nice for Gallo.
#Dodgers Joey Gallo joking about "fresh start" on West Coast after NYC: "I’m living by the beach right now so that’s pretty nice compared to New York. No offense to New York but I was living in a pretty small apartment for the same price. It's nice to have some sand, the waves."
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 11, 2022
New York is a great place to visit, and at a certain stage of life it would probably be a lot of fun to live there for about six months. But Gallo, like most of us, is a fan of Southern California’s fresh ocean air, beautiful weather, and laid-back atmosphere.
If you watch the entire interview, it’s an interesting dynamic. Gallo talks about all the differences between NY and LA except the difference in support he has received from the respective fanbases — he seems pretty intent on not bashing Yankees fans, understanding that his play in New York did not even remotely live up to the standards he has set for himself over the years. At the same time, though, “no offense to New York” feels very loaded in that context, kind of like how the town gossip will say “bless her heart” before telling you every bad things she’s ever heard about the lady down the street.
All in all, Gallo is a really good interview subject. He gives real answers with more depth than you get from some of the cliche monsters, and it’s easy to get some insight into how he’s feeling. And the caption on this SNLA tweet of the entire interview kind of says it all: “It’s safe to say Joey is loving the West Coast.”
It's safe to say Joey Gallo is loving the West Coast. ??? pic.twitter.com/nVM8tCwhjD
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) August 11, 2022
In six games with the Dodgers, the two-time All-Star has four hits, including a double and a home run in 15 at-bats.
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