New York Yankees: Why Sonny Gray Should Get Another Shot

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Sonny Gray #55 of the New York Yankees looks on during the game against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium on July 21, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Sonny Gray #55 of the New York Yankees looks on during the game against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium on July 21, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MD – JUNE 01: Sonny Gray #55 of the New York Yankees pitches during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 1, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Yankees won 4-1. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

In 2018, Sonny Gray was a persona non grata in the Bronx, but should the Yankees give him another chance?

When the Oakland Athletics finally decided to trade Sonny Gray to New York in 2017, Yankees fans were elated. Don’t let the 2018 season fool you, from the “Bleacher Creatures” way down to the Wall Street yuppies sitting ahead of the “moat”, the Yankees and their fans thought they had their man.

Even Gray was elated to be traded to a team that was contending for a championship. He said so himself in a piece on The Players Tribune called “New York, I’m Ready to Go”.

Something sinister happened in 2018, however, that turned Gray’s short tenure with the Yankees into a complete disaster. The mere sight of the guy incited boo’s from the stands. Even Gray began to doubt himself, taking any and every opportunity to rail against himself. Saying things like:

"“I get it… If I was out there, I probably would have booed me louder. I understand how important these games are and I understand how important every game is, especially here with the Yankees. We expect to win. To go out and perform the way I did … Like I said, I probably would have booed a little louder.”"

But what if I were to tell you that Gray’s tenure with the Yankees hasn’t really been all that bad?