This past Monday, for the first time during the inaugural MLB The Show Players League, Joey Gallo looked mortal during his time at the sticks. Mortal for Gallo at this game is a 2-2 record but with an overall plus four on the run differential.
Feeling a little fatigued from having to carry the league to prominence, Gallo was still able to defeat upstart Fernando Tatis Jr. and his phony San Diego Padres 3-2 in the evening’s opener thanks to a Willie Calhoun walk-off bomb:
Joey playing as Willie in The Show.— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) April 21, 2020
Name a better duo, we'll wait. pic.twitter.com/qkGJ6NaB3e
However, for the first time in the tournament, Gallo suffered back-to-back losses when the counterfeit Chicago White Sox and Lucas Giolito eked out a 2-1 win over Gallo’s E-Rangers with Gallo suffering a walk-off Tim Anderson bat flip-fest as an added indignity.
Gallo was unable to reset his mental for a home game against Jon Duplantier and his digital Arizona Diamondbacks and was felled 4-2. The losses finally shook Gallo out of his funk wherein he proceeded to blast Josh Hader and the bogus Milwaukee Brewer 8-2 to end his evening on a high note and earn a well-deserved few days of rest after playing 20 games in a front-loaded schedule before some had even played a dozen.
Despite the .500 evening, Gallo retains his league-leading 17-3 record coming into tonight’s contests.
Gallo’s rise has been noted by the big leagues of broadcasting, as well, as the Players League has been picked up by ESPN.
Yessssssss.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 23, 2020
This has legitimately been an enjoyable thing to watch, from @tatis_jr dancing to @LMcCullers43 throwing bangerz to @Brett_Phillips8 laughing like a hyena to @JoeyGallo24 dominating.
As a friend put it: I'm finally starting to see baseball players' personalities. https://t.co/2J3u4G9Ewr
Tonight at 8:00 pm CT, Gallo’s schedule looks like this:
at. Jeff McNeil (NYM) (14-4)
vs. Brett Phillips (KC) (9-11)
vs. Carl Edwards Jr. (SEA) (3-11)
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!