Several hours after Gary Sanchez's exclusive interview with ESPN surfaced, he seems to already have re-garnered some support.
And some of that support has come from a Yankee legend. Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, who won two World Series in his five-year tenure with the Yankees, tweeted that he has always believed in Sanchez, despite his rough 2020 campaign.
"Gary Sanchez, the job is yours, you only have to claim it," Jackson said on Twitter. "You were the best hitter on the team at one time, work your butt off and prove it."
He's right. From his debut through the 2017 season, he slashed .283/.353/.567, while his 53 home runs were the second-most by any Yankee in that span, behind only Aaron Judge's 56.
"I’ve believed in you since you were 16," the tweet continued. "And so do a lot of others. Let us see what you got sobrino."
Sanchez said that after hitting .147 and getting benched in the 2020 postseason, "that wasn't me."
But Sanchez still has a ton of pop in his bat (his 10 home runs were the second-most by any catcher last year), and despite Kyle Higashioka getting more starts in October, the catching job is Sanchez's to lose. The 563-home run man agrees.