Joey Gallo unleashes a prodigious upper-deck home run for first of his career
On Monday, the Rangers fulfilled an age-old prophecy by calling up legendary prospect Joey Gallo. Tales of his car-smashing power and Dream Team Little League seasons had all the evidence of being true, but was he the real deal? Could he prove his baseball-destroying prowess at the Major League level? As evidenced by Tuesday's game against the White Sox, yes, yes he can.
After a two-run single in his first at-bat, Gallo came up to the plate in the bottom of the third inning and BYE-BYE:
That's 109 mph off the bat and 445 feet into Globe Life Park's upper deck. The two-run shot gave the Rangers a 6-2 lead, with Gallo driving in four of the runs. It also made the rookie third baseman the fourth player to homer in his debut this year after Devon Travis, Carlos Perez and Eddie Rosario.
Gallo's mom and dad were interviewed after his first hit:
And here's their reaction after the monster home run:
MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan caught up with the 21-year-old after the game:
Gallo also hit a double in his third at-bat, the ball coming within mere feet of a second long ball. Oh, and remember kids ...