The New York Yankees‘ 12-8 win against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night was full of impressive feats and cool events.
For example, Anthony Rizzo hit three home runs in the same game for the first time in his career, and raised a lot of money for his foundation, a fantastic movement that helps kids with cancer.
He now leads MLB with eight dingers.
Additionally, struggling outfielder Joey Gallo was also on the scoreboard: he hit a majestic 426-foot home run to left-center, the first one of his season.
It was a much-needed blast for Gallo, who has received boos from his own fans and began questioning if he was doing things right in the batter’s box.
The two men, both with Italian roots, shared a pregame handshake that may or may not have contributed in both of their games.
The Italian Handshake Was Cool To See
Do you believe in superstition?
Even if you don’t, you have to admit it was a cool way for them to create a unique bond with an “all-Italian” handshake.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) April 27, 2022
First, they grabbed each other’s face, and then put the five fingers of their right hand together, a gesture internationally associated with Italian people.
It’s not uncommon for baseball players to create these kind of handshakes, and many have pre-game rituals.
Hopefully, Gallo and Rizzo can make this a pre-game routine: it’s a great way to bond, and if the results are going to be like we saw on Tuesday night, then why stop?
It was cool, it was funny, and it resulted in two amazing performances.
The Italian handshake, apparently, is going to be a thing in the Bronx.