Joey Gallo thinks the change of scenery is good for him and the Dodgers

Dodger Stadium fans chanted Joey Gallo‘s name Wednesday night and they didn’t put a swear word before or after.

It was a pleasant change from his two seasons in New York, where the two-time All-Star was so unproductive and teased so often that he holed up in his Manhattan apartment to avoid showing his face in the street and hear about its flaws. in unequivocal terms.

Gallo’s teammates also chanted his name on Wednesday, and for many happy reasons. They were thrilled not only with the three-run home run that gave them an even lead Craig Kimbrel couldn’t squander, but also with the sight of Gallo shaking his anxiety as he circled the bases in the seventh inning of what became their 10e consecutive win, an 8-5 win over the Minnesota Twins.

“I think the whole team breathed a sigh of relief for him,” third baseman Max Muncy said after Gallo delivered his first homer and first runs as a Dodger. “Hopefully we can bring him forward more. He’s a fun guy to watch when he throws balls so he was a good one.

Rooster, acquired from the Yankees last week for minor league pitcher Clayton Beeter, had three hits in his first 14 at-bats as a Dodger. As anemic as his .214 batting average was, it was better than the .159 batting average (with 106 strikeouts) he had in 233 at-bats with the Yankees.

The 28-year-old Nevada native didn’t change things immediately. But in a team as deep as the Dodgers, there was no need for him to intervene right away. I felt no pressure to carry a team that has won 10 consecutive games by multiple points. “I haven’t lost a game yet,” he said in near awe as he stood in front of his locker on Wednesday night. “I thought we were winning a lot in New York. We’re winning a lot here, especially lately.

He had the luxury and the time to work on his swing as part of a plan to help him regain the elements that contributed to his two 40 homer seasons for Texas. In the best-case scenario, he would give some of the Dodgers regulars a rest and provide the occasional magic off the bench. If his struggles continued and the experiment didn’t work, the Dodgers wouldn’t have lost much.

“From the first day I came here they said it’s not about immediate results, just the process and getting back to the player I know I can be.”

— Dodgers outfielder Joey Gallo

His hard-hit brace on Tuesday and his home run Wednesday on a 97-mph fastball from Minnesota right-hander Griffin Jax on a 1-and-2 count are reason to think Gallo might regain his confidence. And, the Dodgers might have gained a useful option by building a roster that will allow them to follow a spectacularly successful regular season with a World Series championship.

“I think it’s just the work we’ve done with the batting coaches,” Gallo said of his success in their last two games. “From the first day I came here they said it’s not about immediate results, just the process and getting back to being the player I know I can be. So it was great. is relaxing. They’re really smart. I’m excited to continue working with them.

He made as many adjustments in his head as he did in the batter’s box.

“I think baseball is definitely a mental game,” I said. “It’s nice to have a fresh start somewhere. Nice weather. Be near the beach. It’s always nice too. Great environment and great group of guys. And some mechanical things that we worked on as well , with the coaches.”

He said he knew he’d hit for Hanser Alberto if the Twins brought in a right-hander, so he was ready when Minnesota intentionally walked Will Smith to face him with Trea Turner in second after a brace. “Let’s just go. Let’s see what happens here,” he said. “It worked out in my favor, so that was exciting.”

Manager Dave Roberts was as excited for him as the teammates who greeted him with ups and downs and the fans who chanted his name in thanks.

Joey Gallo, right, celebrates with Dodgers teammate Trea Turner after hitting a three-run home run.

Joey Gallo, right, celebrates with Dodgers teammate Trea Turner after hitting a three-run homer in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins on August 28. 10 at Dodger Stadium.

(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

“I was just happy to give him an opportunity,” Roberts said. “We’ve been prepared. He’s bought. And that for me as a manager, that’s where I feel a lot of joy, when you have 26 players just buying.

“I didn’t start tonight but I came off the bench ready. I believe the game honors you, and today he was ready when we called him and he got through it. He got us all makes it look good.

Gallo said he didn’t need a change of scenery, but clearly benefited from the move west.

“I think it was good for both teams just because it was the best opportunity for me and for them,” he said. “So I don’t hold a grudge about it. I didn’t do my job up to my abilities. But it’s always nice to have a fresh start. Like a new relationship. It’s good. Like I said, great weather, good group of guys, can’t complain.”

He’s glad he can regrow his beard — the Yankees don’t allow players to have facial hair — and he’s content living near the ocean.

“No offense to New York, but I lived in a small apartment for the same price,” he said. “So it’s kind of nice to be near the beach and have waves and sand and people walking around in flip flops and so on. Yeah, it’s definitely a little bit more laid back environment and it’s kinda nice. “It’s just the difference of different cities, in general. I think it’s a good fit.”

Roberts said Gallo won’t be in the lineup Friday at Kansas City with left-hander Daniel Lynch expected to start, but he said Gallo will play Saturday and Sunday, and the rest of the way, against right-handers. Gallo is ready to play whenever he needs to.

“It’s an exciting team to be a part of,” he said after adding to that excitement with a home run and renewed hope of reigniting his career.