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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cards Broadcast fails to identify team’s second best prospect

And this, dear Stewies, is apparently what you get when a “minor league guy” enters Saturday’s exhibition game between the Cardinals and Mets as a pinch runner ...  but then the graphics guy in the truck spills a soda all over St. Louis’ spring training roster and decides, “eh, let’s just have some fun as there’s no way anyone is still watching this game.”

But the eye of the Internet screencapper never sleeps! As for the real identity of this mysterious young man who apparently enjoys paying tribute to Alfredo Aceves (or Dennis Rodman), Deadspin has put together a fantastical backstory that includes a coffee plantation, Hugo Chavez and an international spy ring (though strangely not an explanation for why it looks like he’s missing half of his right arm).

Bourbon Samurai Posted: March 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JJ1986 Posted: March 27, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4090298)
I'd say third best. Martinez is better.
   2. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: March 27, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4090303)
UPDATE: Fox Sports Midwest spokesman Geoff Goldman sent along the following email. "Our apologies to Oscar Taveras. He's the Cardinals top hitting prospect, so we expect to be identifying him as a 'major league guy' in the next few years."


I hope they really do that.
   3. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: March 27, 2012 at 01:46 PM (#4090322)
I hope they really do that.


That is an incredibly kind and gracious thing for Fox Sports to say, isn't it. It is all too rare that mediots apologize for their mediocy..
   4. Bob Evans Posted: March 27, 2012 at 01:54 PM (#4090337)
That is an incredibly kind and gracious thing for Fox Sports to say, isn't it. It is all too rare that mediots apologize for their mediocy..

Kind of a "boom goes the dynamite" moment, really...bad at the time, but funny enough that you can laugh at yourself.
   5. Run Joe Run Posted: March 27, 2012 at 02:54 PM (#4090420)
Agree - like the Fox apology and the sunny praise. Good one. I am conditioned on Sterling and Waldman who have no idea who any of the prospects are other than the big name guys. Prospects on other teams might as well be in the chorus.
   6. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: March 27, 2012 at 03:08 PM (#4090439)
Well, in Dan McLaughlin's defense he was probably too drunk to tell who it was.
   7. Monty Posted: March 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM (#4090553)
They probably don't have their number one technical people working the spring training games, right?
   8. Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: March 27, 2012 at 05:54 PM (#4090639)
They probably don't have their number one technical people working the spring training games, right?
Yeah, for stuff like graphics operators, it's almost certainly local freelancers.
   9. Dave Spiwak Posted: March 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM (#4090688)
It's a better nickname than "He Hate Me." I hope it sticks even when he gets to the majors.
   10. BWV 1129 Posted: March 27, 2012 at 07:05 PM (#4090689)
In fairness, Taveres does not appear on the online roster on the official Cardinals MLB website (either the 40-man or the NRI roster). Who knows if he was even announced properly in the press box. "Minor League Guy" may have been the only info they had.
   11. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: March 28, 2012 at 01:19 AM (#4090873)
My dad and I were at that game (last game of our trip), and I don't think he was announced- if he was, we missed it. We certainly didn't realize who it was, at the time, from our seats (PSL is a shitty field, as ST fields go), and our seats were much better than the press box, and (checking) he still isn't in the "40-man + NRI" list that was printed in the program book. I was keeping score, and have a rather small ? on my ridiculous $6 program. Just didn't seem like a big deal.

Ironic side note, we had spent almost an hour watching Taveras and Gil and two other guys (forgot who) take extra BP the day before, on the backfields in Jupiter after the rest of the "minor league guys" went in (and butchered a brief "great job, good luck!" style exchange with them in awful spanish, through the dugout fence). Guy has a sweet, sweet swing.

One thing that was very cool about PSL was that, from our seats high up on the 3B side, you could sort-of see some things happening on the minor league field, during the ~MLB game. IE, extra base hits, runs scoring, etc. The guy behind me was really focused and kept track of both games, which was amazing, since he didn't seem to have any kind of radio. No idea how accurate he was, but he was loud and enthusiastic, and cursed a lot, so we knew when to look over to see a random red blob do something pleasant.
   12. God Posted: March 28, 2012 at 03:41 AM (#4090883)
In that screencap he looks like the guy Richard Kimble has been searching for.
   13. Psychomasochist Posted: March 28, 2012 at 04:41 AM (#4090889)
Come on, "Minor League Guy" is pretty damn funny. "Minor League Dude" Might have been better, but still, kudos.

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