ARLINGTON Tony and Laura Gallo watched from the second row as their son Joey launched a home run into the second deck. They stood clapping as he came out for a curtain call following his second career at bat.
He wasn’t supposed to be here. They weren’t supposed to be here.
Gallo was slated to go to Round Rock before Rangers management told him to hang around Arlington, where he was getting treatment for his surgically repaired ankle, while they made their decision on who would replace injured third baseman Adrian Beltre jersey cheap.
They told him on Monday that he would stay with the Rangers, after joking with him that he was actually going back to Frisco, according to Tony.
Joey then called Laura.
“You’re not going to believe it,” Joeysaid. “I’m going to be playing at Arlington tomorrow.”
“I ended up crying,” Laura said.
Lauracalled her husband and then booked a plane ticket. When she attempted to book one for Tony, the flight had filled up before she could. He had toarrive on Tuesday instead of Monday night.
“Just our luck,” Laura said.
Both made it in plenty of time for the game, although they were the only Gallo contingent at the game since it all happened so fast.
Originally sitting in section 132, about 37 rows up, Tony and Laura were moved to the second row next to the Rangers dugout before the game.
“I’m probably more nervous than he is,” Tony said before the game. “He’s played in a lot of big games, he played in the Futures Game with 37,000 people and he’s played in a lot of showcases in front of quite of few tens of thousands.
“I don’t care if he does good or bad. It’s the margin. He’s going to face some tough pitchers this week but I think he’s prepared.”
Tony didn’t have to worry. In his first at bat with two outs and the bases loaded, Joeysingled in his first at bat. In his second he launched a home run into the second deck. In his third he hit a double off the wall.
As Laura sat talking before the game, she reflectedback to one of her last quiet moments with Joey before his sizzling debut. The two ate breakfast Tuesdaymorning. They talked about all the road trips, all the team activities, all the travel ball.
“He said, ‘Ma, look where we are,’ ” Laura said.
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Rangers jersey cheap third baseman Joey Gallo jersey cheap (13) connects on a two run homer during his second Major League at bat in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox jersey cheap at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)