The MLB Network experimented with live audio during Wednesday’s Cactus League game between the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks.
The broadcast featured several players on each team wearing live microphones, and also had mics at each base, down the first- and third-base lines, as well as along the outfield wall.
A pretty cool idea overall, though Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that he felt like he couldn’t be himself, and Cleveland manager Manny Acta said he had to curb not only his language, but some of the private conversations he’d normally have with his coaches.
The whole thing became immediately worthwhile, though, when Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis broke out his best Adele imitation, singing “Someone Like You.” You can watch/listen to Kipnis’ performance here.
Then listen to Adele below, compare and see who has the best voice. Then try to get that song out of your head.
Can you say Grammy?
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Giancarlo Stanton stared down Derek Jeter and Michael Hill to get to New York
The best part of it comes when Derek Jeter and Marlins president Michael Hill had a sit down with Stanton while the Giants and Cardinals offers were pending. In that meeting, Reiter reports, Stanton was told in no uncertain terms that he’d either accept one of those deals or else he’d be stuck in Miami while the roster was dismantled. Stanton responded thusly:
“This is not going to go how you guys think it will go,” Stanton said. “I’m not going to be forced somewhere, on a deadline, just because it’s convenient for you guys. I’ve put up with enough here. Derek, I know you don’t fully understand where I’m coming from. But Mike does. He’s been here. He can fill you in. This may not go exactly how I planned. But it’s definitely not going to go how you have planned.”
Even adjusting for the likelihood that it wasn’t put quite as smoothly as that in real time as it was in Stanton’s recollection of it to Reiter, it’s still pretty badass. Stanton had the power in that situation and he did not blink when the club threatened to call his bluff. In the end, he got what he wanted.
Beyond that, it’s a good profile of Stanton as he’s about to begin his Yankees career. Definitely worth your time.