Didi Gregorius was one of the more beloved Yankees of the late 2010s, an incredible feat given that he was ostensibly replacing one of the biggest legends in the history of the pinstripes at shortstop.
Sir Didi left for Philly this baseball season on a one-year deal to rejoin former skipper Joe Girardi, but he came back to New York for a little while on Friday afternoon by calling in to Moose & Maggie on WFAN.
Just, unfortunately, keep your hopes tempered if you think there’s a chance Gregorius will be back in pinstripes anytime soon.
“I don’t think they’ll want me back in New York, to be honest right now,” Didi said. “I think Gleyber Torres is your shortstop. It’s just the one year, and from my understanding, he was hurt for some of it too. Once you get hurt, you take a step back on everything. If he comes back next year fully prepared and ready to go, everything should work smoothly and everything will be fine.”
That was Didi’s response to Moose’s notion that the Yankees could use “a lefty-hitting shortstop with a clutch gene,” and around the thought of whether or not Torres is a shortstop long-term.
One other person Didi isn’t confident will be a Yankees starter long-term? Gary Sanchez.
“If he’s still there next year, he’s going to take it personal. If he lost his job, he’s trying to come back and win it; knowing Gary, that’s what he’ll do,” Gregorius said. “I think people don’t think that he tries hard, but he does. He works really hard, but you’ve been hearing all that stuff for years because you play for a big market team. You get labeled quickly in this game, and when you get labeled, you have to prove yourself even more. He may be frustrated with all that though, so he may need a change of scenery.”
Didi touched on many other topics in his interview, including the differences between Joe Girardi and Aaron Boone (which you have heard in the video at the top of this article). Listen to Didi’s full interview, and as always, check out more on-demand audio from Moose & Maggie, or tune in every day to the WFAN.com or Twitch.TV/WFAN livestreams of the show!