He’s gone from the courthouse to the clubhouse.
Court Officer Christopher Gallo, who last year opened a street fair stand selling Brooklyn-style egg creams, will bring his flavorful concoctions to Yankee Stadium on opening day.
Gallo, a Manhattan Criminal Court Officer for 13 years who was also bailiff on the “Judge Karen” TV show, fulfilled a childhood dream last year when he opened “Linda’s Brooklyn Style Egg Creams,” the name a tribute to his mother.
But Gallo was thirsty for more.
“I had a larger venue in mind. I knew I needed to get it into a ballpark,” he said in a recent interview.
After quenching thirsts across Manhattan, Gallo swung for the fences, pitching his idea to the Bronx Bombers. The die-hard Yankees fan was soon added to the culinary lineup, musing that “not many 39-year-olds get signed by the Yankees.”
“The drink has a history in New York. Baseball, obviously, has a history in New York,” Gallo said.
His stand behind the Right Field bleachers will offer chocolate, vanilla and coffee egg creams, as well as a rotating flavor of the day.
“Growing up, we didn’t have much,” he recalled of his Brooklyn beginnings. His single mom “did a lot with very, very little.”
Family bonding took place at their Bensonhurst kitchen counter, where a young Gallo and his brother marveled at how easily their now-deceased mother mixed the simplest ingredients into a summertime treat.
Following school, as Gallo worked in sales, his mom encouraged him to take the civil service exam. Post-9/11, as the retail industry dried up, he got the call to report to the NYS Court Officers’ Academy.
While strolling the Coney Island boardwalk with his girlfriend several years ago, Gallo saw every manner of thirst quencher, except the one he yearned for. His throat parched, inspiration appeared as fast as a change-up pitch.
After a winter of research, spreadsheets and sleepless nights, Gallo opened his street fair stand one Memorial Day weekend.
“I got one of two reactions,” he said of customer feedback. “Either, ‘I haven’t had an egg cream in over 20 years’ or “What’s an egg cream?’ ”
Though there are many theories as to the origin of the sweet elixir, Gallo claims the drink originated before the Great Depression when a beverage of egg whites and cream was popular.
Through 81 home games and the anticipated playoffs and World Series contests, “I’ll be thinking of my mother with every egg cream I stir,” Gallo said of his very own Angel in the Outfield.