While it's been a relatively atrocious season at the plate for the Minnesota Twins, things didn't start that way earlier in the season.
Minnesota arrives at the All-Star Break with one of the most pathetic offenses in baseball, and its struggles are the main source of frustration across Twins Territory. What makes the league's 25th-ranked offense so unbareable is that it shouldn't be this bad -- we saw a better version of it.
The Twins started the season on a total heater, jumping out to a 10-4 record while posting a plus-25 run differential and averaging over four runs per game. That's a distant memory now, but part of that hot start was thanks to guys like Joey Gallo getting hot at the plate.
Gallo was a specific source of pride, as he was putting on a redemption tour to start the year. He got his revenge over the New York Yankees around this time as well, getting the last laugh after a widely publicized flame out after arriving in the Bronx back in 2021.
Before arriving in New York, Gallo was an All-Star slugger but the only thing he flattened with the Yankees was his reputation. It's a nasty scar that helped make his early season success so wonderful to watch, but is one he painfully still carries around.
Joey Gallo: "I’m known as the guy who [f–king] sucked for the Yankees"
Gallo recently spoke about his failed stint with the Yankees, and he was brutally honest about how much it still devastates him that things didn't work out.
“I really grew up a Yankee fan, and all I wanted to do was play for the Yankees. I think part of it, not that it was a problem, but I wanted so badly to do well there," Gallo said, via The New York Post. “I’ll probably never have a chance to play for the Yankees again. That was my opportunity, and now I’m known as the guy who [f–king] sucked for the Yankees. That part is tough, and I have to live with that for the rest of my career and the rest of my life, really.”
It's impossible for even the most bitter Yankees fan to not feel bad for Gallo after that.
Hearing Gallo open up like this really puts his tenure and the reaction to it in perspective. Even something as seemingly goofy as a Yankees fan yelling 'Why couldn't you do this in New York' hits differently now.
It also makes you take a step back and consider how Twins fans are treating players during this current losing funk. A team underperforming to the degree Minnesota has been is never acceptable, but the discourse around the team is a tough scene and this story from Gallo is a reminder that the players on the other end of our booing take it home with them.