On Sunday, the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins completed a blockbuster trade that sent Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela from New York to Minnesota in exchange for Josh Donaldson, Ben Rortvedt, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
This morning on Twitter, Sanchez, the now-former Yankees catcher typed a heartfelt goodbye message to the Yankees and the city of New York, thanking the front office, coaches, his former teammates, stadium employees, and most importantly the fans for their support during his years as a Yankee.
He concluded the statement by stating that he’ll always have a special place in his heart for Yankees fans, and that he hopes they’ll have a special place for him in their hearts too.
Thank you New York. Thank you to the Yankees organization, its front office, coaches and my ex-teammates. Thank you to the fans and Yankee Stadium employees. I take with me a part of you. And I hope I leave a a bit of me with you all, as well. Love you all. #iamgary
— Gary Sanchez (@ElGarySanchez) March 15, 2022
Class And Respect
It’s always nice to see players thanking their old teams after being traded away or signing somewhere else.
That is always a sign of class and respect that organizations and fans appreciate from their players, and Sanchez is leaving the Yankees organization with class.
It’s nice to see him appreciate the fans and stadium workers as well.
Sanchez had plenty of struggles during his time in New York but made it clear that he cares deeply about the fans of the Yankees and the Yankees organization as a whole.
He often struggled to hit for average and play defense and was also a player who dealt with more than his fair share of injuries.
But the Yankees believed that a change of scenery could benefit the young Sanchez, and perhaps heading to Minnesota will change things for him.
He’ll have Sonny Gray waiting for him, whom he caught in 2017 and 2018 when Gray was a member of the Yankees.