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#pounditThursday, July 29, 2021

Watch: Bill Walton calls Mike Trout home run in perfect fashion

Bill Walton

Bill Walton partnered with Jason Benetti to call Friday night’s Chicago White Sox-Los Angeles Angels game on White Sox TV, and he did not disappoint.

Walton called a Mike Trout home run in the fifth inning of the game, saying Trout had sent the ball “ricocheting through the universe.”

That was classic Walton.

What was he doing calling a baseball game? The White Sox’s typical TV analyst is Steve Stone, but he is taking a few days off while the team is in Anaheim. The White Sox came up with an idea to have a random group of analysts work with Benetti for the games.

From the Chicago Tribune’s story on the matter:

Benetti said Sox marketing chief Brooks Boyer came up with the idea of nontraditional celebrity analysts to work the four-game series while Stone takes a breather. Boyer asked Benetti about having a “random grab bag of analysts” — and Benetti was all for it.

On Thursday, Benetti will handle the broadcast with special guest appearances. Michael Schur, a TV writer and producer whose resume includes “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” will do Saturday’s game. Mike O’Brien, a Chicago actor and writer who has appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and created the NBC comedy “A.P. Bio,” will join Benetti for Sunday’s game.

Here are a few other calls from Walton:

And some of his other best lines from the game:

Walton and Benetti are actual familiar with each other. The two worked together calling college basketball games for ESPN in the past. This is a pairing fans probably can’t get enough of.


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