A Cardinals Announcer Took Off His Headset To Boo A Rockies Reliever That Was Taking Forever To Pitch
Honestly? I don't think there is enough of this happening in sports coverage, and by that I don't just mean that baseball is so short on hecklers that we need the analysts to drop their mics and get in on the immaturity. What I am trying to say is that this website that I am currently writing on is proof positive that the current state of sports "reporting" is chalk full of hyperbole, facetiousness, empty threats, and false promises. Dan McLaughlin might lack professionalism, but I'll be damned if he's the type of guy that doesn't even need someone to chime in with a "you won't..." before executing an over-the-top gesture that couldn't be further from fitting his job description.
And what better time for him to flash that proactive, asshole-ish attitude than when a reliever is fighting his way through an inning so slowly that you'd swear his actual opponent was Father Time himself? I only got this short glimpse of Jordan Lyles' relief appearance against St. Louis, but by the looks (and sounds) of things it may have very well ended up lasting longer than Anthony Scaramucci's tenure as the White House Communications Director does. I don't know how long between pitches is considered "too long". However, a teammate - that should be immune to boredom given the years he's spent patrolling the outfield during the dog days of summer - feeling the need to mock his own pitcher by making sure he's not in the process of flatlining should be a solid indicator that your inning efficiency could use a fast forward button.
If nothing else, that checking of the pulse was reinforcement that someone who is contractually obligated to sit through that entire game without a channel changer was well within his rights to boo the ever living of hell out of a guy who was playing an inherently slow game so slowly that it became painfully noticeable. I don't watch enough baseball to know whether or not Dan McLaughlin passed away during the bottom of that 5th, but - even if he did - at least he didn't bow out quietly.