Michael Vitez checks in from Champps in Marlton, N.J.
Postgame - Literally five minutes, maybe seven, after the game ended, Carli calls Galanis. He's still in the sports bar, getting hugs and high fives from players and parents.
"This is her on the phone right now," he says as he answers. "Can you hear me?" he says. "What's going on? What time's the game on?"
Pause. She at first thought he was serious. "I thought it was at 4:45," he continues. Pause.
"What did i tell you?" he says. "I told you. Hey? Feel good?"
Coming off the bench, becoming a starter now, it feels so much better, she told him. It tastes so much better.
"Yep," he says. "Well, I'm very proud of you. You know that. We're all here at Champps. And everyone's screaming. You stole the show, like the plan was all along. You stole the show and you shined brighter than everyone else. You killed it."
Carli told him it got a bit scary at the end.
"Make sure you give Hope a big hug," he said. m"Go get your medal," he concluded, "and call me back later."
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