The only number anyone really needs to know about the Wednesday night trade that’s in the process of sending Joey Gallo to the Bronx is 314.
Of course that’s the distance, in feet, from home plate to the rightfield foul pole at Yankee Stadium. And with a short porch not far beyond, Gallo’s powerful lefty bat is going to do some serious damage at his new home.
Not just the ballpark itself. We’re talking about the No. 4 train.
Why it took so long for Brian Cashman to fit a lefthanded slugger for pinstripes is a mystery. Throughout history, the Yankees have built their championship pedigree on a foundation of legendary lefties — Ruth, Gehrig, Maris, Yogi, Reggie — and some of a more recent dynasty vintage, like Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez and Hideki Matsui.
But in assembling his (failed) title bids over the past few years, Cashman had developed a blind spot for that side of the plate. Rather than strive for balance, the GM explained his current batch of righty hitters were capable of producing regardless. Power is power, Cashman reasoned, and that theory came back to bite him this season.
The daily lament, as the Yankees tumbled further behind the Red Sox, was the fact they were too one-dimensional. The worst of it? The Yankees featured an ill-fitting lineup for their own stadium. Too often, visiting teams partied in the short porch more than the owners of…