For Rangers prospect Joey Gallo and outfielder Nomar Mazara, the Dallas shootings hit especially close to home.
The pair met one of the five officers who were slain in downtown Dallas Thursday night by a lone gunman.
Gallo posted his thoughts of the encounter on the social media site Instagram.
“A couple months ago [Nomar Mazara] and I were walking down the street in downtown Dallas,” Gallo wrote. A police officer named Patrick Zamarripa, a big sports fan, asked for a photo with them. Zamarripa, 32, attended and played baseball at Paschal High School in Fort Worth.
“It was definitely a first for me and Nomar to have an officer, a true hero, want to meet us,” Gallo wrote. “I’ll never forget how kind and down to earth he was. We ended up having a 15 minute conversation about sports with him.”
The Rangers held a moment of silence for the slain officers and are donating proceeds from Friday’s 50/50 raffle to the families affected by the tragedy.
Gallo, who has been with Triple A Round Rock for much of the season, was called up for less than a week in late May. Gallo closed his heartfelt message with a plea to keep the officers affected by the tragedy in your prayers.
“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,” he wrote before ending the message with a PrayForDallas hashtag.