This is why in-game interviews are completely absurd and unnecessary.
During a significant Sunday matchup between the Dodgers and Mets, TBS broadcasters (Brian Anderson and Ron Darling) interviewed injured Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis…during the bottom of the 3rd inning.
The most talked about topic, of course, was his teammate Zack Greinke.
Greinke was attempting to complete his 46th straight scoreless inning. However, it would come to an end at 45 2/3. And the best part, of course, is that Anderson and Darling were interviewing A.J. Ellis during the middle of his teammate’s apparent meltdown.
SIDENOTE: A meltdown for Zack Greinke is a decent inning for about 99.3% of professional pitchers.
After hitting Kirk Nieuwenhuis with a curveball, Kevin Plawecki singled off Greinke. Thanks to a botched scoop on the play by center fielder Joc Pederson, Nieuwenhuis reached third base.
With men on the corners, Mets ace Jacob deGrom grounded to first and forced the play at home. Kirk Nieuwenhuis beat the tag and was safe at home.
Zack Greinke’s streak of scoreless innings was over, but the only thing I could fathom was TBS and their impeccably bad timing.
This in-game interview with Ellis was awkward enough, but Anderson managed to make it even more uncomfortable.
In response to the awkwardness, Anderson decided to blame the end of Greinke’s scoreless streak on Ellis. Clearly, it was a joke. Just a really bad one.
Here’s the exact quote:
“Nieuwenhuis kept the toes down….Don Mattingly comes out and says no challenge…and the streak is over. Thanks to A.J. Ellis.”
In a phenomenal response, Ellis asked Daring and Anderson if they’ve “ever seen a headset get slammed on the ground?”
A.J. Ellis was a good sport about it, despite having every reason to cut the interview short. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that interviewing players or coaches in the middle of a professional sporting event makes zero sense.
The interviews always suck to begin with, which is just one of the reasons that nobody pays attention to what they’re saying. Not only are their answers more scripted than usual, it makes the game itself far less interesting.
Not to mention, if I wanted to watch people make shit up just because there’s a camera in front of them, I would turn on FOX News.