Monday, April 6, 2009

ESPN Announcers Still Suck

During the broadcast of last night's Braves-Phillies season opener, Atlanta Braves rookie centerfield Jordan Schafer became only the 99th player in Major League history to hit a homerun in his first big league at-bat. For Braves fans and writers, Schafer has been on the radar for the last few years, considered by many to be one of the top prospects in baseball. That being said, you would think that ESPN's signature baseball telecast, Sunday Night Baseball, would be able to get his name right.

Well, you thought wrong. The reason why they could not get his name right was Mr. "I am the only person who can say Wilson Betemit's name right" Jon Miller. Twice in a matter of minutes, Miller referred to Schafer as "Logan Schafer". Then, he did it again a few innings later. Not that his esteemed colleagues, Joe "I'm in the hall of fame with a .270 average" Morgan and former Mets GM, Steve Phillips, would correct him.

Maybe after Schafer wins the Rookie of the Year, they will actually get it right.


Anonymous said...

Aren't announcers supposed to have spoters that feeds them information to say. How did he mess that up 4 or 5 times in a row?
Other than that, a great opening to the new baseball season.

Ally said...

Help me out, I could've sworn that Brian McCann hit a homer in his first Major League at-bat, but according to the announcers that hasn't happened to a Bravo in a number of years.

Could it be that the homer I remember was Brian McCann's first at-bat AT HOME and not his actual first Major League at-bat? Or could it be another example of the announcer being morons?

Hope somebody else remembers this, its driving me nuts, lol. Thanks guys & awesome post - great laugh for the morning!

Streit said...

I know Francoeur hit a home run in his first game, but not his first at bat. Here's the details of McCann's debut from Wikipedia:

McCann made his Major League Baseball debut with the Atlanta Braves on June 10, 2005. A personal catcher for John Smoltz for most of the 2005 season, McCann hit his first home run in just his second regular-season game, and became the first Braves player in franchise history to hit a home run in his first playoff at-bat on October 6, 2005.

Bubba said...

I can personally vouch that Brian McCann's first major league at bat was a RBI Single, Streit and I were at the game and it was against the A's.

MikeInValdosta said...

Give that man a RC Cola and a Moon Pie.

Bubba said...

On a completely different note, I would love a Moon Pie, that actually sounds fantastic.

Ally said...

Streit, thanks for digging up the info it was driving me nuts! I was close - guess I was thinking about his second game.