Michael Kay didn’t mince words after Joey Gallo’s unceremonious departure from the Bronx — though one former Yankee came to the struggling outfielder’s defense.
Shortly after Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline, Kay blasted Gallo for playing the victim as a Yankee in the final week. The 28-year-old slugger has revealed the impact his fights and subsequent fanfare have had on his psyche. in an interview with NJ.com that arose a few hours before the club traded him to the Dodgers.
Kay apparently didn’t want to attend Gall’s pity party.
“They didn’t try to shine a light on a guy who was actually doing a decent job. For whatever reason, he’s had a setback here in New York,” the Yankees announcer said of Gallo. “Has the pressure to win become a big thing. It didn’t matter if he had just gone off the rails because he wasn’t mentally right when he was here.
“He deserved to be booed. I don’t think the fans were particularly hard on him. I look at what the fans did with Giancarlo Stanton when he first got here. It was unfair, the first game he played here he got booed. This guy has earned the accolades.
Days after Kay’s rant, former Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes applauded the 61-year-old for his comments.
“He references the article but never quotes Joey. Kay knows his radio listeners eat it up. If you’re going to publicly hurt a player, at least criticize what he actually said,” Hughes wrote on Twitter.
Twitter quickly caught the attention of Kay, who responded to the criticism.
“Phil, those weren’t my radio shows. It was on the YES network,” said Kay, who also hosts a popular ESPN radio show. “Also, I think with the internet it’s pretty easy to find what he said, and there’s a limited amount of time to spread that kind of information.” Most Yankee fans know what Joey said, basically bemoaning the sentiment of the fans.
Apparently unsatisfied with Kay’s rebuttal, Hughes settled the minor Twitter spat with one closing argument.
“Being booed is ugly,” Hughes wrote. “It’s okay to say it’s unpleasant. Going home every night not knowing if it’s going to be your last in a major league uniform is a bummer. Human emotions are not a sign of weakness or pity. This is everything. Oooo baseball!”
In an NJ.com Q&A, Gallo said he wouldn’t be going out on the town because he didn’t want to be exposed to angry fans. Slug talked about his struggles and the reactions he faced made him feel like a “piece of st”.
Hughes’ time in the Bronx since 2007 until 2013 was full of ups and downs, but he hit a nasty slump in his final year with the club, posting a 5.19 ERA and a 4-14 record. The righty’s stat line was even worse against New York’s home crowd at Yankee Stadium, where he went 1-10 with a 6.32 ERA.