This season, a different MLB player — from Kiké Hernandez to Ozzie Albies to Bryce Harper and so many more — is wearing a microphone during every Sunday Night Baseball game to speak with the ESPN broadcasting crew. MLB's brightest young stars have taken to the microphone to share their views on the game and their lives. We'll be sharing the best stories, as well as behind-the-scenes reflections by the players.
Bader was originally going to warn the veterans that he was a human parabolic — men like Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols Adam Wainwright. Just in case.
It is a common courtesy that many players extend. This was earlier in the season. Francisco LindorI walked through the Mets dugout and high-fiving my teammates, and said to everyone (everyone). SinglePerson), “Wearing the mic. Wearing a microphone. Wearing a mic …”
Bader discovered that he wasn’t distracted by his microphone and earpiece. In fact, he often forgot that he was wired up. There was much to discuss in Sunday's game which ended up being a 15-6 win for the Cardinals.
Although he may have been born in New York and raised there, @aybaybaderHe thinks St. Louis has the best sports city that he's ever seen!#TeamSTL pic.twitter.com/TADXur9Nj2
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 16, 2022
Bader was informative and spoke about Wainwright's win and Molina's 203rd win for the Cardinals. This is the record for most consecutive wins for a starting bat in MLB history.
Only Bader's earpiece would have been turned on in the top ninth inning. Pujols could then take control. took the moundHis first appearance in the pitching booth of his professional career.
Turner is a well-known reporter for his directness and geniality. But he can also be blunt. Boog Sciambi was filling in for Karl Ravech as play-by-play on Sunday Night Baseball and was reluctant to ask Turner questions about the “well.” UncomfortableWrigley Field had just witnessed the play.
Cubs catcher had missed a pitch. Willson Contreras, ricocheting in front of Dodgers hitter Max MuncyAs Contreras was moving around Muncy, in pursuit of the ball. He reflexively reached out for Muncy to either move around him or move out of his way. The point of contact was not Muncy’s hip or leg but a specific sensitivity. Muncy was temporarily incapacitated and doubled over in pain. This allowed viewers to view a replay, which caused a lot of laughter in the Dodgers dugout. Turner, on the on-deck circle, was wearing a microphone that he couldn't suppress a grin. Because he knew Muncy didn't have a protective cup.
Sciambi told fellow broadcasters during the commercial breaks that he wasn’t sure how to ask Turner about Muncy. Eduardo Perez, who is never shy, offered to ask Turner about Muncy. He kept his promise after the commercial break.
True to Turner’s reputation, the Dodger third-baseman did not hesitate.
Turner said, “It seemed like he got grabbed by the junk.”
Turner shared many other insights about the microphone, including about hitting and about the addition of Freddie FreemanThe lineup's potency. However, it became immediately clear that the term “junk”, would soon become a popular trend on social media.
Lindor is surrounded in the Mets clubhouse by some new guys. Eduardo EscobarThe locker to Lindor’s left and his right houses a chatty third baseman for the team. Max Scherzerhas settled in. Lindor spoke out over the weekend, “We have an excellent group of men.” “I love our group of men.”
The Mets wanted Lindor to have more support and more experienced players who could share the production or media burden. Lindor seems more comfortable in his second season with the team. It was reported that he would love to have the microphone for Sunday Night Baseball. That makes sense since he appears to be constantly in conversation with the people around him during games. Lindor provided a report from Lindor on the Phillies' role as conversationalists in games. Bryce HarperHe stated that he would always say hello but that he is usually quite quiet while at the bases. J.T. RealmutoTalks a lot. Rhys Hoskinsis a first-baseman, so he's a talker. Jean SeguraThere is a lot to be said.
Lindor also did the same during his time at the microphone. He spoke to the Mets fielders about all the gesturing and shouting he was doing, as well as the weird color of the sky which could make it harder for him to see the ball. He mentioned how Buck Showalter (the Mets' manager) has 25 different expressions. He talked about how Scherzer is impossible to talk to while he's pitching. He made fun of his teammate Luis GuillormeThe broadcasters and crew were relieved when he flipped a batted ball at 102 mph to him to make a double play.
Francisco Lindor, while being interviewed, turned a double-play with ease😳 pic.twitter.com/zx9RSrtgD6
— ESPN (@espn) May 2, 2022
They all could imagine what they might say if an error had occurred — Lindor was “distracted by the microphone” — and Lindor could, too. With a little chuckle, he admitted to Karl Ravech to Eduardo Perez to David Cone that his hands were shaking. He knew that he would have to stop the ball from rolling and make the play in those conditions. After Sunday night's win you can see that Lindor may have more to share. With a batting average of.282, and an adjusted OPS+ 154, he's off to a great start. The Mets are currently the only team to win seven of their first seven games.
It was the ninth inning of Sunday Night Baseball. The Phillies trailing by 1-0 were at the end of their last strike. Umpire Angel Hernandez had interpreted strikes as strikes. Harper, however, had other business to do off the field from the Philadelphia dugout. Harper requested to be able to return his microphone and earpiece to continue his conversation with ESPN broadcasters.
Harper's mic turn began in the third inning. He then had to prepare for an at-bat. In the fourth inning, he went on to the fifth inning. He talked about his 10-year anniversary in major league baseball, the challenges of being a designated hitter and being a father, as well as how he coped with the ever-changing strike zone Hernandez called in the Brewers/Phillies game Sunday. He shared his passion for baseball with fans for two hours.
Bryce Harper believes Shohei Ohtani is the most exciting player in baseball🤝 pic.twitter.com/U8ZGFeHaGz
— ESPN (@espn) April 25, 2022
ESPN was not surprised that Harper was kind and generous with his live microphone time, given his previous experience with the technology. Harper was able to speak to Sunday Night's broadcasters during the game against the Braves, despite the grim 60-game COVID-19 Season of 2020. It happened in the second inning, after Atlanta scored 10 runs.
Despite the one-sided blowout and the unwritten rules about how players should behave in such situations, Harper joined the broadcast. He spoke cheerily about how all the Phillies needed was one run to win the game. The beginning of a discussion that continued for the majority of the night. Harper accidentally knocked his earpiece against Citizens Bank Park's outfield wall while making a play. After an inning, Harper located the hearing aid and continued to talk. He did more than anyone could have imagined.
Harper said that Harper thought it was a great opportunity to do so. “It was during a COVID-year, when things were a little bit crazy. I wanted to make the most out of it, have fun with it.”
Ozzie Albies slapped a finger in front of Ron Washington, tilting his head to make his point. Washington responded by rocking his head forward with every inflection. Eduardo Perez, who was in preparation for Sunday Night Baseball's broadcast in San Diego watched the exchange.
“Do you think someone might wonder if they are actually getting ready for a fight?” Perez said, laughing.
This is Ozzie with Washington. He is accompanied by Ronald Acuna Jr. with almost everyone. Ozzie is full of energy and cheer and many opposing players make pit stops to chat with Albies before and after games. It was easy for him to be the one to speak on defense during the Braves' game against the Padres.
.@ozzieWhen he heard the microphone being passed to him, he was already ready. 🔊 #SundayNightBaseball pic.twitter.com/RVXBr9kq8e
— MLB (@MLB) April 17, 2022
David Ortiz received a similar happy reception from his teammates and opponents, grinning with the Big Papi smile. However, he was in his 30s at the time when this really began to happen. Similar is true for the Tigers. Miguel CabreraHe was well into his Hall of Fame career, when he started routinely engaging others on field and began jabbering at the enemy in the dugout.
Albies, 25, is already receiving this kind of reception. He draws laughs from his teammates and energizes the area around him. Brian Snitker, Albies' manager, said that Albies is the same every day. It's difficult to put a value on this.
Enrique Hernandez sent Eduardo Perez a text after he was done with his time at the microphone. Perez had originally approached Hernandez about the possibility to use the in-game television technology. Hernandez stated in the text that Hernandez had found the mic to be very helpful in helping him focus.
Hernandez was doing what he always does in games: he looked at the score and the situation and predicted what he would do on a pitch that was hit to his right or left.
Perez mentioned that “I'm always talking about myself out there.” Hernandez felt more focused and engaged by the moment when he did this in public, in front of hundreds upon thousands of viewers. The fourth inning wasn't a success for the Red Sox. However, it was an exceptional example of what outfielders think about during games.
“It all depends on how hard it hits. It's more likely that he won't go home if it's really hard. … Here it is!
This mic'd up moment with Kiké Hernandez was awesome 👏 pic.twitter.com/M1osm0BDgD
— ESPN (@espn) April 11, 2022
April 7: Joey Votto
Reds' first baseman and future Hall of Famer Joey VottoHe sat in Atlanta's locker minutes before Cincinnati's season opener, and thought about whether he was in the middle of a midlife crisis.EverythingHe smiled wryly and replied, “is a midlife crisis.”
Votto's reputation as a quiet, very thoughtful, and private persona was well-known ten years ago. Votto's personality has changed over the years. He now interacts with fans in game, gives interviews and, most recently, posts TikToks. Reds manager David Bell was alerted by someone who saw the first TikToks and burst into laughter, with some happiness Votto feels more liberated to express himself.
Joey Votto was mic’d last night. It was simply amazing. 🐐 pic.twitter.com/e5nXkjDhpU
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 8, 2022
Votto explained that this all helps him connect with fans. This is why he was the first player to sport an ESPN microphone and earpiece while on the field. He asked the Braves if he should get a golden tooth. Ozzie AlbiesHis opinion on this matter and yes, the midlife crisis.
Votto was the perfect opener for Pass The Mic.