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 stars have shared their thoughts on the game, their lives, and their fellow teammates. We'll be sharing the best stories, as well as behind-the-scenes reflections by the players.
Francisco LindorSome new guys surround him in the Mets' Clubhouse. Eduardo EscobarThe locker to Lindor's left and to his right is occupied by a chatty, high-energy third baseman from the team, titled ”. Max ScherzerHe is now settled in. Lindor spoke out over the weekend, “We have an excellent group of men.” “I like our group of guys very much.”
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 was happy to speak on Sunday Night Baseball. Lindor provided a report from Lindor on the Phillies' role as conversationalists in games. Bryce HarperHe stated that he would always say hi but is usually quite quiet when on the bases. J.T. RealmutoTalks a lot. Rhys HoskinsHe is a first baseman so he can talk. Jean SeguraThere is a lot to be said.
Lindor also did the same during his time at the microphone. He described all his shouting and gestures to the Mets fielders, including the unusual color of the sky that might make it harder 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 GuillormeHe then turned a 102-mph batted ball to him, to create a double play on the air. Much to the relief of both the broadcasters as well as the production crew.
Francisco Lindor completed a double-play with ease during an interview😳 pic.twitter.com/zx9RSrtgD6
— ESPN (@espn) May 2, 2022
They could all imagine the words that might have been said if Lindor had made an error. Lindor admitted to Eduardo Perez, David Cone and Karl Ravech that he was “distracted” from the microphone. He admitted to Karl Ravech (with a little chuckle), Eduardo Perez (with David Cone), and that he was shaking, knowing that he would have to stop the ball from moving and make the play in those circumstances. 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 strikes. Umpire Angel Hernandez had interpreted strikes as strikes. Harper was still at the Philadelphia dugout and had some unfinished business on the field. Harper asked to have his microphone and earpiece repaired so he could sign off on the long conversation with ESPN broadcasters.
Harper's time with the mic began in the third innings, when he needed to prepare for a potential 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 claims ShoheiOhtani may be the most exciting baseball player🤝 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 spoke to ESPN's Sunday Night broadcasters in the middle of the 60-game COVID-19 season 2020. This was just half an inning after Atlanta had scored 10 runs against his Phillies.
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's earpiece became loose after he hit the Citizens Bank Park outfield wall while making play. However, Harper was able to locate the hearing device within an inning and continued the conversation. He went above and beyond what anyone expected.
Harper stated that Harper felt it was an excellent opportunity. It was in a COVID-year, when things were a little bit crazy. I wanted to make the best of it, have fun with it.”
.@ozzieHe was at his desk when he heard that the mic had been passed to him. 🔊 #SundayNightBaseball pic.twitter.com/RVXBr9kq8e
— MLB (@MLB) April 17, 2022
“It all depends on how hard it hits. He's likely to stay home if it hits hard. … It's here!
This mic'd up moment with Kiké Hernandez was awesome 👏 pic.twitter.com/M1osm0BDgD
— ESPN (@espn) April 11, 2022