Yovani Gallardo is going to help the Texas Rangers tremendously this season. His acquisition from Milwaukee put a really solid, proven innings eater in the middle of the Rangers' rotation and will allow them to move everyone back a spot with only one spot (the No. 5 spot) now open for competition. Call it a positive domino effect, if you will.
Well, the Rangers are helping Gallardo, too.
That's because Gallardo, who went to high school at Fort Worth Trimble Tech, will now be able to live in his home near Eagle Mountain Lake year around with his wife and kids.
“I see myself always living here in Fort Worth,” he told the Star-Telegram. “I love it here. I’ve had a lot of memories growing up here and living here. It’s home for me and my family, my kids, my wife and everyone else.”
Gallardo, who moved to Fort Worth from Mexico when he was 4 years old, was a second-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004 and made his big-league debut at 21 years old in 2007. He spent last season as the Brewers' ace. For his career in Milwaukee, Gallardo has a 89-64 record with a 3.69 ERA.
Gallardo told the Star-Telegram he won't fully wrap his brain around what's happened in the past month until that first time he runs on to the field at Globe Life Park with a Rangers uniform on.
“I don’t think it’ll hit me until the first game in the Ballpark,” Gallardo said. “I think that’s where I’m going to realize where I’m at and what I’ve accomplished.”