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Tommy Hunter soaked Craig Sager with "a fire hose of barley and hops"

Oct 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

When you wear ridiculously flamboyant clothing into a baseball clubhouse where the players are celebrating an ALDS victory by spraying each other with champagne, ginger ale, and beer … well, you run the risk of catching some liquid shrapnel.
And as Jeff Caplan of writes, that’s exactly what happened to TBS sideline reporter Craig Sager after the Rangers’ win over the Rays last night:

[Tommy Hunter] grabs several cans of Bud Light from the neatly stacked coolers on wheels stationed around the clubhouse for easy access. Then Hunter made his move. He stalked Sager, and once he got within firing range, he shook and fired. Like a fire hose of barley and hops, Hunter doused Sager, spraying him from his neatly brushed hair down to his some-sort-of-animal-skin loafers.
Sager, at a total loss, took the soaking without saying much of anything, seemingly stunned with a look on his face that said, “Hey, what’d I do?” Then came the kicker. Hunter, his beer barrage finally over and Sager literally drenched, gave a whoop as he turned away from Sager and then shouted: “I don’t even know who you are!”

On one hand that wasn’t very nice of Tommy Hunter. On the other hand, anyone going into the clubhouse mid-celebration has to expect to be doused in something and presumably a big part of the reason Sager dresses like he does is to be noticed when he walks into a room. He got his wish.

  1. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Liquid shrapnel? That’s the first I’ve ever heard–or, well, read, I guess–that.

  2. Old Gator - Oct 13, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    I find the idea that grown men would spray anyone as dignified as a sports journalist with beer and champaign a little far fetched. I think this guy just pissed in his pants.

  3. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Gator, are you sure you are clear on the actual definition of “dignified” and how it would apply to a sports “journalist” like Sager?

    Besides, since when has Bud Light been considered beer? I thought it was just the name of the dillweed that has the key to the MLB Commissioner’s piss bucket.

  4. APBA Guy - Oct 13, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Tommy Hunter doesn’t know who Craig Sager is. Just like the rest of us. Only, unlike the rest of us, he got to express some sort of karmic retribution for Sager’s outfits. I don’t oppose TV guys dressing “differently”. But I also applaud Hunter’s obvious good taste in targets. Too bad he didn’t have one of those super-soakers.

  5. spindervish - Oct 13, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    You sure you’re clear on the definition of “sarcasm”?

  6. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    As a matter of fact, I believe I am, since that’s what I was employing in my comment there.

  7. Kiwicricket - Oct 13, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    “liquid shrapnel” ??? Sounds like some sort of porno movie. Youre a pervert Gleeman.

  8. spindervish - Oct 13, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Hmmm…hoist by my own petard, it seems. Though I lay about 50% of the blame at the feet of your awkward employment.

  9. Old Gator - Oct 13, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    What’s wrong with a sports journalist being a little fashion forward? As a rule, these guys can’t spell, can’t punctuate, can’t construct grammatically correct English sentences and, with the passing of Mike Celizic, have the free-associative range of a patient in an Oliver Sacks anecdote. Give them a break. If they want to dress like Simpsons characters, what’s the harm in that?

  10. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    Awkward employment? Have you been talking to my boss?

  11. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Damn. Now I have to look for that title.

  12. Old Gator - Oct 14, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Better you should look for Liquid Sky, which is Sci-Fi porn but with a heart as big as Ed Wood Junior’s. Classic bit of dialog from that film:
    “We have to do something. These aliens are killing people!”
    “Why are you telling me this? I’m an English teacher!”
    Or this little gem:
    “Duty is more important than shrimp.”
    Seriously. Check it out. The star is the tranvestite that Paul Hogan gropes in the bar scene in Crocodile Dundee. If for that reason alone, you ought to catch up with it.

  13. Kiwicricket - Oct 14, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    I am all for groping transvestites….will investigate. Merci.

  14. Kiwicricket - Oct 14, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    I double doggy dare you to Google it

  15. Johnnyb10 - Oct 14, 2010 at 7:37 AM

    When I look at Sager, I think two words – “Lindsey Nelson”. Now there was a flashy dresser.

  16. Old Gator - Oct 14, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    There’s also a performance art number in Liquid Sky called “Me and my Rhythm Box that absolutely, positively, superlatively, hands down flat out tops anything in The Last Days of Disco (which I only went to see because some idiot friend of mine confused it with another Chloe Sevigny film called The Brown Bunny, which he saw on psilocybin, and urged me to go see at once).

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