Evan Longoria’s latest commercial (video is below) is reminiscent of Fred McGriff’s “Tom Emansky” commercial.
Longoria is endorsing a product called the “Hitting Jack-It,” which appears to be a hitting doughnut that can be used during batting practice. Interestingly, this comes after recent research shows that batting doughnuts might actually reduce bat speed.
But what is more interesting is the Longo home run highlight shown. The commercial begins with Longoria’s playoff-clinching home run and the call by Dewayne Staats. Only the call doesn’t match up.
When Staats called the home run (this is paraphrasing), he said “a line drive down the left field line. fair ball. it’s gone!” At that point, he then said “the Rays win it!” (you can hear the original call here). Instead, the commercial has Staats saying “a line drive home run by Evan Longoria.” This was actually said by Staats as Longoria was rounding the bases.
Anyway, it is a minor detail, and obviously they wanted a call with Longoria’s name included. But it is also the greatest moment in the history of the Rays. It would be nice if they hadn’t altered it. Just sayin’.
Here is the commercial (thanks Thad)…