Michael Kay didn’t invent the words that followed Joey Gallo’s unofficial departure from the Bronx – even though he was a former Yankee who came to the faltering player’s defense.
Shortly after Tuesday’s MLB deal deadline passed, Kay Gallo denounced for seemingly playing the victim in his final week as a Yankee. The 28-year-old highlighted the effect his struggle and subsequent fan boos had on his psyche In an interview with NJ.com That appeared hours before the club Dodgers traded with him.
Looks like Kai wasn’t ready to attend the pity gallo party.
“They didn’t do everything they could to boo a guy who was actually doing a decent job. He was a loser here in New York for whatever reason,” the Yankees announcer said of Gallo. “Whether the pressure of having to win has become a huge problem. Whether he just got his swing, he wasn’t right while here.
“He deserved to be booed. I don’t think the fans were too harsh on him. Look at what the fans did to Giancarlo Stanton when he first got here. It was unfair, I mean, the first game he played here, they booed him.” This guy earned the boos.”
Several days after Kay yelled, former Yankees player Phil Hughes applauded the 61-year-old for his comments.
“He’s referring to an article but he didn’t quote Joey once. Kay knows his listeners on his radio show eat this stuff. If you’re going to hit a player in public, you should at least criticize something he already said,” Hughes wrote on Twitter.
The tweet quickly caught the attention of Kai, who responded to the criticism.
“Phil, this was not for my radio show. It was on YES,” said Kay, who also hosts the popular ESPN radio show. “Also, I think with the internet it’s very easy to find what he said and there is only a limited time to post such information. Most Yankee fans know what Joey said, and basically bemoan the fan boos.”
Hughes apparently wasn’t satisfied with Kay’s refutation, settling the minor feud on Twitter with one closing argument.
“Being booed is disgusting,” wrote Hughes. “It’s okay to say it’s bad. Coming home every night without knowing if it will be the last time you wear a Major League uniform is bad. Having human emotion is not a sign of weakness or self-pity. That’s it. Goooo baseball!”
At NJ.com Q&A, Gallo said he wouldn’t go out to town because he didn’t want to be exposed to angry fans. The hitter said about his struggles and the reactions he dealt with It made him feel like “a piece of one piece”.
Hughes’ time at the Bronx from 2007 to 2013 was full of ups and downs, although he reached an ugly peak in his final year with the club, scoring a 5.19 ERA and 4-14 record. The right’s base streak was even worse when he played in front of the local New York crowd at Yankee Stadium, going 1-10 with a 6.32 ERA.