You knew it was coming. A Monday night game at The Trop against the Reds broadcast on ESPN. But there was something the ESPN crew didn’t count on: a decent crowd. In fact, paid attendance was 19,891. Not bad. Not bad at all.
But that didn’t stop the talking heads in the ESPN booth.
First there was a camera that showed a Rays fan grabbing a foul ball…
Sean McDonough: “One good thing about not many people being here. less competition for a souvenir”
Rick Sutcliffe: “Of course, for a lot of years, if you didn’t go home with a souvenir, you were the exception to the rule”
Booth: *BrendanFraser-like giggles*
Later on, Rick Sutcliffe chimed in with this doozy…
“Hard to believe people don’t want to come watch this team.”
But then, to our surprise, McDonough shot down Sutcliffe by explaining that a lot of people would like to go to the games, but that the stadium is in a “bad location.” We were floored.
Ahhh, but just as we were beginning to think that ESPN was trying to understand the situation, Jonny Gomes hit the catwalk. Of course. We can’t even remember the last time a ball hit a catwalk. And Gomes, of all people, hits on on national broadcast.
This led to McDonough comparing the Trop to playing wiffle ball in your backyard, followed by this line…
“After all, this is a major league ballpark, sort of.”
After all, ESPN knows baseball outside of Boston and New York, sort of.