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Articles tagged: Joey Gallo

Rangers’ Joey Gallo accidentally called Bartolo Colon ‘Big Sexy’ in middle of game

Bartolo Colon swing

Bartolo Colon’s ageless charm recently proved to be too much for one of his new teammates on the Texas Rangers.

In an appearance on “The Ben and Skin Show” on 105.3 The Fan, Rangers first baseman Joey Gallo told a funny story about how he accidentally called Colon by his famous “Big Sexy” nickname … in the middle of a play. The 24-year-old was manning first with a runner on during a recent Colon start against the Oakland Athletics when a groundball was hit his way.

“I missed [first base], actually,” said Gallo, according to SportsDay. “I was trying to find it, the runner beat the throw, but I was actually – in the heat of the moment – I threw it [to second base] and I turned around and Bartolo is already kind of running over and he’s close to the base, and I was saying, ‘I got it Big Sexy. I got it.’ And I was actually calling him Big Sexy on accident. I don’t know why, it just came out. That’s just what I call him.

“So, I was saying, ‘I got it Big Sexy. I got it Big Sexy. Don’t worry.’ He peeled off and let me get it, but the guy was safe anyway,” Gallo continued. “But I was thinking in my head, I was like, ‘Damn, I was calling him Big Sexy. I don’t know if I should do that in the middle of a play.'”

The 44-year-old Colon is in his first season with the Rangers (and 21st season overall), and it is obvious that his reputation as the legendary Big Sexy very much precedes him. You can’t really blame Gallo for the funny slip-up either, seeing as the moniker is so iconic that it has even inspired its own apparel.

Matt Bush, Joey Gallo in concussion protocol following collision

Joey Gallo Matt Bush

Matt Bush and Joey Gallo are in concussion protocol after colliding with each other during Sunday’s game against the White Sox.

Bush was pitching to Chicago’s Nicky Delmonico during the 8th inning of Texas’ 3-2 loss to and got the first baseman to pop up to shallow third. The Rangers were playing a shift for Delmonico, meaning Gallo was near shortstop to start the play. Knowing his defense was in a shift, Bush raced over to catch the popup and collided with Gallo.

Gallo was bloodied and Bush bruised from the collision. The two are in concussion protocol and will not travel with the team to Anaheim for the upcoming four-game series.

Gallo is batting .205 this season but has 35 homers. Bush has a 3.04 ERA in 47.1 innings.

Eight sluggers who would make the Home Run Derby awesome 

Aaron Judge home run

We get why some MLB stars shy away from participating in the annual Home Run Derby. Some think that the event can mess up a swing. It’s actually kind of tiring. Some guys would rather just take the vacation.

Well, we don’t care about any of that. The Derby is weeks away, and a loaded field would make it one of the summer’s most exciting events. If we could entice any eight players to participate, here is our dream Home Run Derby field, ordered by how many home runs they have in 2017 — and while it isn’t required, we’ve included four players from each league to keep things even.

1) Aaron Judge, Yankees

It hardly gets any more obvious than this. It’s hard to take the city of New York by storm, but Judge has done just that, slugging 26 home runs and positioning himself not just atop the Rookie of the Year race, but in contention for AL MVP as well.

Sure, the overall numbers are great, but that’s not what we care about right now. What we care about is that Judge is capable of hitting home runs like this, even in a game situation:

Judge hits some of the most impressive home runs in baseball. Imagine what he could do in a derby environment. He needs to be there — no doubt about it. The good news is he’s at least considering it.

2) Cody Bellinger, Dodgers


Report: Rangers willing to trade Joey Gallo for rotation help


As the Texas Rangers go forth into the trade market, it appears as though no player is off limits.

According to a report by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday, the Rangers are willing to move power-hitting outfielder Joey Gallo in exchange for starting pitching help.

Passan notes the potential trade partner compatibility between the Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays, who are said to have a desire for young bats. The two sides have been linked in rumors the last couple of days, and, even though the Rays don’t seem particularly amenable to trading Chris Archer, they do have arms like Jake Odorizzi, Drew Smyly, Matt Moore to hypothetically offer.

The 22-year-old Gallo is the top-rated prospect in the Rangers’ farm system and has hit 143 home runs over five seasons in the minors. But he hasn’t gotten much of a chance to contribute at the Major League level yet. Gallo was called up by the team in May but saw just one at-bat before being optioned back down to Triple-A five days later.

The Rangers currently have the best record in the American League, and, should they choose to go all-in on a World Series run this year, Gallo could be one of the guys sent packing.

Image Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

H/T Rotoworld

Joey Gallo posts on Instagram about meeting with slain Dallas police officer

Joey Gallo Patrick Zamarripa

Texas Rangers outfielder prospect Joey Gallo was affected more deeply by the killing of five Dallas police officers Thursday than most people.

Five officers were killed in a shooting that took place during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. One of the deceased officers is Patrick Zamarripa, who actually stopped Gallo and fellow Rangers youngster Nomar Mazara for a photo a few months ago.

On Friday, Gallo posted the photo from their encounter and recapped what happened in a touching note shared on Instagram:

A couple months ago @nomazara26 and I were walking down the street in downtown Dallas. When an officer stopped us, Mazara and I immediately became nervous, "I know who you guys are" he said. "Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, can I get a picture with you guys please?" It was definitely a first for me and Nomar to have an officer, a true hero, want to meet us. His name is Patrick Zamarripa, one of the officers killed in last nights shootings in Dallas. I'll never forget how kind and down to Earth he was. We ended up having a 15 minute conversation about sports with him. He was an avid Rangers fan. But more importantly a great person, and family man. Please keep Patrick, and all the officers affected and their families in our prayers today. #prayfordallas

A photo posted by Joey Gallo (@joeygallo24) on

Zamarripa was a big sports fan. Here’s a photo of him also posing with Dez Bryant, “Throwing up The X” for Dez.

Slugger Joey Gallo called up by Rangers

Joey Gallo home runThe Texas Rangers have called in for reinforcements, and they will be receiving them in the form of slugger Joey Gallo.

Gallo, a former first-round pick by the Rangers in 2012, was called up by the club on Monday after Drew Stubbs was placed on the 15-day DL.

Gallo was mashing in Triple-A Round Rock this season, hitting five doubles and eight home runs for a .639 slugging percentage and 1.050 OPS. Known for his prodigious power (watch this video), Gallo has smashed 135 home runs in 407 career minor league games, including consecutive 40-homer seasons in 2013 and 2014 combined over different levels of minor league ball.

He was called up last season by the Rangers and hit .204 with six home runs in 36 games.

There is little doubt that Gallo has some pop, the question is whether or not he’ll be able to bat at a high enough average to remain productive. If he does get hot, though, he has the potential to carry a team. At 25-19 entering play on Monday, the Rangers would love to have another boost to help them in their bid with the Mariners atop the AL West.

Joey Gallo hits grand slam out of entire ballpark (Video)

Joey GalloThough the video doesn’t show where the ball landed, Joey Gallo hit a grand slam Tuesday that went so far it left the ballpark in Frisco.

Gallo broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 8th with the grand slam that traveled out of Dr. Pepper Ballpark for his 37th home run of the season. He clubbed 21 with Single-A Myrtle Beach and this was his 16th with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders … and that’s in just 103 games.

Reporter Kate Morrison says the moon shot cleared two fences and went into the street:

We told you about Gallo’s powerful swing a few weeks ago back when he hit a homer in the All-Stars Futures Game that went so far it disappeared from the camera’s view. The same thing happened with this one, though this was probably due to the amateur cameraman.

You know Rangers fans have to be salivating over this guy. He’s probably going to crack 50 home runs this season. Given the lack of power in pro ball these days, that would be nuts.

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