Mets manager Terry Collins and umpires were mic’d up during a wild 2016 fight and the audio is outstanding.
1. During spring training, networks experimented with having players mic’d up during games and it produced some pretty memorable moments. However, those instances have absolutely nothing on this clip below from a 2016 Dodgers-Mets game. New York hurler Noah Syndergaard threw behind L.A. second baseman Chase Utley and was quickly ejected. This brought a livid Terry Collins out of the dugout and the Mets skipper went at it HARD with umpires. Listen to the umpire talk to Syndergaard, while he pleads for a warning (“That ain’t gonna happen”) and then go at with Collins, who uses very, very bad language, asks that his team gets a shot at Utley and rips MLB.
Bottom line: MLB and its broadcast partners need to mic everyone during games. The content would be outstanding and it would do nothing but help grow the sport, create some buzz and generate interest. Also, “our ass is in the jackpot” now needs to be used by people on a daily basis.
2. ESPN execs and PR people must be thrilled with this clip of Stephen A. Smith answering a question from Snoop Dogg about whether he’s a breast or butt man.
3. An Ohio teenager got a wrong text from the Tampa Bay Bucs, but he was able to parlay the mistake into an autographed Mike Evans jersey.
4. Braves pitcher Brandon McCarthy has long been established as a first-ballot Twitter Hall of Famer. Sure, he tweets a little less now and others get more publicity for their tweets, but he still knows how and when to drop the hammer, as he did last night on the network run by his own sport.
5. Props to Steph for the caption.
6. This may come as news to Draft Kings and Fan Duel, but Mike Francesa invented daily fantasy sports — yesterday.
7. RANDOM “LOCAL NEWS GOES WRONG” VIDEO OF THE DAY: This isn’t local news. It’s CNN. But I had to post this one for all my fellow Howard Stern fans since Sal amd Richard pulled off one of their best pranks ever.
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