Note to current and future employees and interns of broadcasting companies: not everyone has a great barometer for sarcasm and parody.
According to this report from Adam Rubin of ESPN.com, a SportsNet New York (SNY) employee is in hot water for playing a Mets-mocking clip from the show Family Guy at the end of the club’s season-opening loss to the Marlins on Friday.
In the original Family Guy scene from which the clip was pulled, the always diabolical Stewie Griffin is attending a Mets game where a broadcaster gives this bit of play-by-play:
“Opening Day, and here’s the first pitch. … And the season’s over.”
The SNY employee cut the “season’s over” part when he relayed the clip Friday night after the Mets made their final out, but enough people caught the reference and SNY spokesman Andrew Fegyveresi released a statement about the incident on Saturday:
“It was a very poor decision by an individual employee and the matter is being dealt with internally.”
SNY is obviously in the business of catering to the Mets — not bashing them — but it seems like the kind of April Fool’s joke that can be easily laughed off. And probably is being laughed off internally. In fact, this video of the ordeal is being carried currently on SNY’s own Tumblr page:
Hey, and the Mets are only one game back in the National League East!
Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.