Ramon Laureano, the centerfielder for the Oakland A’s, is mic’ed up during the third inning of today’s A’s-White Sox game on ESPN. Eloy Jimenez hit a ball into the gap. By the time Laureano caught up with it, Jimenez was already nearing second. “Damn, he can FUCKING run,” Laureano exclaimed:
lmao mic'd up Ramon Laureano yells "he can FUCKIN run!" when Eloy Jimenez runs into second on a play 😂 pic.twitter.com/F91yhbNiDF
— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) October 1, 2020
I have to say while this moment was entertaining and something we’ve never really seen before, it’s very disorienting as a viewer to have a fielder be interviewed in the middle of the action. Last night, ESPN did it with Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner. I couldn’t pay attention to what was happening in the game and it’s not as though there’s a way to opt out of this type of game adornment.
At some point, if they do this enough, a player is going to get caught not paying requisite attention to the game. That will be fun to see the reaction to.