The Arizona Diamondbacks lost a home run on Saturday night due to a ridiculous baserunning blunder.
Deven Marrero was up with two on and one out in the top of the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He drove a pitch to left center that narrowly cleared the wall for what should have been a 3-run home run.
Unfortunately, Alex Avila misread the ball and was going back to first to tag up, thinking it was caught. The result was Marrero passed him around first base.
Deven Marrero clobbers what looks like his first HR with the @Dbacks, but after review is called out for passing Alex Avila on the bases. Marrero is credited with a 2-run single and the #Dbacks lead 5-1 in the fourth. pic.twitter.com/3u1iEvuejn
— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) April 15, 2018
The Dodgers contested the play and asked for a review. After convening, the umpires decided that Marrero was out for passing the runner in front of him.
Marrero was credited with a two-run single to make it 5-1 Arizona. They won it 9-1, but Marrero was robbed of what would have been his first home run of the season as a result.
- Deven Marrero
The Denver Post made an embarrassing flub in the Friday edition of its newspaper, and the Philadelphia Phillies were quick to have some fun with it.
With the Colorado Rockies hosting their home opener on Friday, the Denver Post ran a feature entitled “The Ultimate Visitors Guide to Coors Field.” Notice anything a little off about the photo they used?
I’ve stared at this on my kitchen counter for five minutes. pic.twitter.com/I7eQUJPdpL
— Chris Chrisman (@chrischrisman) April 6, 2018
Unfortunately, that is Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia — not Coors Field. The mistake was brutal enough, but the person in charge of the Phillies’ Twitter account decided to sprinkle a little salt in the wound:
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 6, 2018
What a lovely photo of Citizens Bank Park.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 6, 2018
As we know, newspaper mistakes happen. Some are bigger than others, which we saw about a year ago when MLB legend Keith Hernandez had his name come up in a very disturbing context. Needless to say, Opening Day 2018 for the Rockies is already a memorable one.
A gaff by CBS placed legendary Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim at a school other than Syracuse.
During the NCAA Tournament first round game between Syracuse and TCU on Friday, CBS’ cameras showed Boeheim on the sideline. Under his name was the Syracuse logo, along with an orange background. To the right were the words “3rd season as Bucknell head coach.” Also displayed was a record of 68-32.
Ummm …you guys … pic.twitter.com/7sBGycBRdu
— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) March 17, 2018
Nathan Davis is in his third season as head coach at Bucknell and the 68-32 record belongs to him. Bucknell lost to Michigan State 82-78 earlier in the day on Friday. Both Syracuse and Bucknell played their first round games in Detroit, which led to the graphic error.
It was obviously an innocent mistake by CBS, but it’s still pretty funny to see Boeheim associated with a school other than Syracuse. And now this mistake will make our long list of blunders.
Al Michaels doesn’t appear to have watched much baseball in the last 20 years.
During the second quarter of Super Bowl LII, NBC showed some of the celebrities who were in attendance in Minneapolis for the big game. One person they showed was two-time AL MVP Mike Trout, who is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan.
When NBC showed Trout, Michaels said that the outfielder played for the “California Angels.”
Al Michaels: "Mike Trout, the great California Angel…" https://t.co/WdrCHamXKJ
— Douglas Pucci (@SonOfTheBronx) February 5, 2018
If that sounds a little off, it’s because the Angels haven’t had that team name since 1996. They were known as the Anaheim Angels from 1997-2004; the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2005-2015; and they’ve been the Los Angeles Angels since 2016.
While that was embarrassing, it’s not like we haven’t seen much worse.
One Kansas City TV apparently missed the memo that the Chiefs lost.
After KC’s 22-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the wild card round of the playoffs on Saturday, KMBC 9 in KC ran a postgame report live from Arrowhead Stadium. If you take a look at the graphic at the bottom, it says “Chiefs Kingdom Celebrates Win.”
"Chiefs Kingdom Celebrates Win" pic.twitter.com/7kBBd11oJZ
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) January 7, 2018
Maybe the graphics department created that one at halftime, back when it looked like the Chiefs had the game in hand.
Whatever the case, it’s embarrassing for the TV station, though not exactly anything new.
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Kirk Cousins had a little fun with a newspaper article that confused him with Pelicans star DeMarcus Cousins.
During last night’s game between the Thunder and Pelicans, DeMarcus Cousins was ejected in the third quarter for swinging an elbow that made contact with the head of Russell Westbrook. Westbrook remained in the game and recorded a triple double with 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 12 assists.
In a recap of the game, a newspaper article mistakenly wrote Kirk Cousins was the man who was ejected, not DeMarcus Cousins. The Redskins quarterback shared a photo of the article and made a joke about his fighting skills getting recognition.
— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) November 21, 2017
Earlier this year, Redskins president Bruce Allen repeatedly referred to Kirk Cousins as “Kurt” when addressing the media. A few years ago, Cousins was referred to as Kurt on a promotional item. At least this time the correct spelling of his name was used.
Jim Mora is still providing us with incredible television clips, more than 15 years after his legendary “playoffs” rant.
Mora, a former head coach of the New Orleans Saints, is now providing commentary for WDSU after Saints games. He was on an outdoor set with two others to provide some analysis following the Saints’ loss to the Vikings on Monday night when the great clip occurred.
Matters began with studio anchor Scott Walker declaring that Mora grows impatient the later it gets into the evening. Fletcher Mackel, the host on site, repeated that statement to Mora. Thinking he was off-air, Mora responded that Walker was “full of s—.”
This video is priceless, but beware that it contains a curse word.
Jim Mora Da Gawd pic.twitter.com/v0BAGgDl3i
— Andrew (@bamamerl) September 12, 2017
The reaction from Mackel, who saw Mora about to drop the S-bomb, was perfect. His recovery was pretty solid too.
I can’t stop laughing at this video. It’s fantastic. And because you can’t think of Mora without recalling his legendary rant, here’s that video.