Joey Gallo thought he was just going to be playing a few video games against some players from around the league for charity and it wouldn’t be a big deal. Then MLB made a whole website about it, put it on MLB Network, Twitter, Instagram, and sent it out to make the rounds via the Associated Press. Vegas put out odds, so you know it’s a big deal.
With no real baseball on the horizon, this was going to be the next best thing and now Gallo was feeling the nerves of actual competition that people — and *gasp* fans — would be watching.
As it turns out, Joey Gallo had no real reason to be nervous. He dominated on night one of the new league.
The Electronic Gallos were facing off against some supposed stiff competition in Trevor May, Lance McCullers, Blake Snell, and Amir Garrett. May, Snell, and Garrett had recently participated in a proof-of-concept tournament along with Hunter Pence where all of Gallo’s opponents from Friday night had showed well.
However, when given his turn at the sticks, Gallo’s virtual Rangers went 4-0 with wins over semi-finalist May, division rival McCullers, finalist Snell, and then he ended his evening by beating defending champ Garrett 6-0. Gallo had outmatched the competition by a combined score of 30-6.
Gallo is back tonight for a second helping of The Show. He is set to take on four players who are currently a combined 4-12 in their first foray.
Beginning at 8:00 pm CT, Gallo’s schedule looks like this:
vs. Ty Buttrey (LAA) (1-3)
at Luke Jackson (ATL) (1-3)
vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS) (0-4)
at Rhys Hoskins (PHI) (2-2)
You can watch Joey’s feed on his Twitch channel.
Via MLB dot com:
Over the next few weeks, the league will be livestreamed on MLB social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch), MLB Network’s Twitch site, “MLB The Show” social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch), the clubs’ social media accounts and MLB.com. Each player will also stream it from their individual Twitch or YouTube accounts.
Go Fightin’ Gallos!