TAMPA — Joey Gallo wants a reboot.
After a rough start to his tenure with the Yankees following a midseason trade from Texas, Gallo is at his first spring training camp with the Yankees and insists he’s happy to be there and will be able to make it work bring to.
“There were things I could have done differently and adjustments I could have made, on and off the field to get used to New York,” Gallo said Sunday. “New York is a beast on its own, let alone gaming.”
He hit .160 after trading midseason and never seemed comfortable playing under the bright lights in the Bronx.
Gallo expects that to change after some off-season deliberation.
“I went home to regroup and think about it, and after two weeks into the off-season I got really happy,” Gallo said. “I can’t wait to play here again. If I couldn’t go back and play another season here, it would really wear me down.”
There has been speculation that the Yankees could pull from Gallo, but organization has stood by him and he is expected to be the left fielder.
“I’m excited to go back and prove who I am and let the fans see me for 162 games, not 60 games,” Gallo said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge. I don’t want to be anywhere but here. And I mean that.”
He’s just hoping things go better in his first full season as a Yankee.
“As a player, whether it’s in Texas or New York, I want to play well,” said Gallo, who admitted he didn’t play well as a Yankee last season.
“It carried me. No matter where I am, but here it is different. It’s very different from Texas. Everything is magnified here. We’re on TV a lot more. We have a bigger fan base. It’s the Yankees.”
Gallo said he tried to change his mindset after returning to Texas after the wildcard loss in Boston.
“I was able to relax a bit,” Gallo said. “I thought about it and knew I had to make adjustments in my head. Playing in Texas is so different than playing in New York. I appreciate it more now. It’s a great opportunity.”
Gallo started in left field on Sunday, where he made a nice run catch down the line to end the top of first and served twice in the 8-7 loss to the Tigers at Steinbrenner Field.
He’s hoping for a better experience on the field and with the fanbase this time around.
“I want the fans to want me there,” Gallo said. “I don’t look at social media or read articles because I know I get cooked a lot. But I heard what the fans said when I was on the field. I get it. I knew I wasn’t playing well.”
But he reiterated that he’s a so-so hitter, and while he’d like to move up the average, that’s not his forte – which general manager Brian Cashman understands.
“He knows I’m not a .300,” Gallo said. “I’m a thug. I walk a lot, I strike a lot, and I hit a lot of home runs. There will be some ups and downs.”
The Yankees and Gallo are looking for more highs in 2022.
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