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Justin Upton rips ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball

May 2, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

Justin Upton was watching baseball on Sunday night, took to Twitter and unloaded some on ESPN’s broadcast:



That sound you hear are ESPN executives unscheduling all of those Diamondback Sunday night games. Oh wait, there were none.

  1. bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Justin Upton just became my favorite baseball player in the world.

    • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      . . . even though MLB Network has its moments of accountability as well – but rarely as it pertains to breaking down the action on the field.

  2. creek0512 - May 2, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    This isn’t anything that everyone outside of ESPN hasn’t said before.

  3. psuravens19 - May 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    This is great and Upton is correct, MLBNetwork does a much better job. I stopped watching anything ESPN, since they put Joe Paterno on his deathbed.

    • Kevin S. - May 2, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      Oh, get off it. They didn’t give Paterno cancer. I’m glad you feel more sympathy for the man who stood idly by and allowed many children to be molested right under his nose than for the children themselves. But hey, they didn’t win 400+ football game, so who gives a crap?

      • psuravens19 - May 2, 2012 at 10:13 AM

        What part of my statement said I feel more sympathy for Paterno than the kids?

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        How did you 2 idiots get from bad baseball broadcasting to the PSU ordeal?

  4. bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Craig, you missed these two which chronologically slot in just before his last Tweet re: Tito and Orel:

    • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      I just went back and watched the squeeze play in the 8th.

      The pitch that BJ pulled back the bunt on was about a foot outside and low – in other words, it’s quite possible that the Rangers were anticipating the squeeze, especially because Upton had squared early.

      Longoria breaks for the plate as the pitch is arriving. Torrealba receives the ball across his body to the right, stands and throws across his body to 3rd.

      Longoria (who’s virtually immune to criticism on ESPN) actually did an awful job stopping his charge, retreating and rather than sliding to the foul-territory side of the bag (away from Beltre) Longoria attempts to go back in standing up, feebly bumping Beltre as he arrives at the bag.

      If the situation was reversed, with Longoria bunting and BJ Upton charging, I guarantee you the booth would have been all over Upton for not doing a good job of reading the pitch to the plate and getting back to the bag in time – and praising Longoria for having the good sense to pull back the bunt attempt and avoid whiffing.

      (And NO I’m NOT asserting race – I’m asserting the way some players rightly or wrongly attain a reputation that affects the way their play is perceived whether they did something right or wrong).

    • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM


      Now I’ve seen both plays and the booth just got it wrong (although Francona initially seemingly reacts more to Schulman’s hyperbolic reaction to Upton only making it to 3B, Tito sort of catches himself and offers “nobody out. the idea is you wanna get to Third if that ball is caught . . . it doesn’t look real pretty right now. . .it’s not as bad of base running as you might think.”

      But following that Hershiser apparently feel compelled to add the following:

      “For me he was too close to the bag. I think he’s gotto be 10, 15 feet away. Not in there 2 or 3 feet away like he was. Cuz if you are 15 feet away you can still go back to the bag and tag if an Outfielder is running away from you and away from Thirdbase catches the ball. Where you have to be closer, that 2 to 3 feet, where the ball’s to Left Field, and the ball is a shorter throw.”

      Luke Scott’s Double was an absolute laser-beam, hitting off the Right Field wall, which Nelson Cruz fielded cleanly but threw to the left of Beltre on two bounces, rather than hitting the cut-off. Cruz certainly could have been criticized there. Because Scott’s ball had a low trajectory and Cruz is tall with a long wingspan, it certainly wasn’t unreasonable for Upton to quickly assume there was at least a chance that Cruz might reach up and grab that ball out of the air – even though the replay showed that chance never materialized.

      In any event, Hershiser would be right if the ball had a higher arc on it. If Upton had darted 15 feet off the bag, and the ball was caught, there is a good chance Upton would not have made it safely to 3rd if he had to retreat 15 feet and tag-up.

      But as Francona eventually (correctly) pointed out – Upton accomplished his central objective on that play. which was advancing to 3rd safely.

      Incidentally, Upton trotted home and scored when the next batter Sean Rodriguez on a less sharply hit deep liner to Right Center. Cruz caught that on the run to his right and toward the wall . . . Luke Scott took that 15 foot lead that Hershiser thought Upton should have, but then had ZERO time to get back, tag and run to Thirdbase. So the booth then criticizes (Hershiser included) Scott for not taking a 2-3 foot lead, tagging and “trotting into Third”.

      Can’t make it up.

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        Step away from the keyboard tell your mom to bring you some meatloaf down in the basement where your 30 year old ass lives and STFU.

  5. xsherr - May 2, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    ESPN is horrible. I’m glad someone told them they suck.

  6. mybrunoblog - May 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Justin Upton thumbs up !!!!

    • antlerclaws - May 2, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Justin Upton thumbs up for the correct usage of “you’re” on Twitter. Possibly the first time ever for a celebrity! *(From the Twitter posts in the comments.)

      • kopy - May 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        I logged in for the sole purpose of pointing this out. Glad you already went there, though. I respect Justin Upton on multiple levels now.

  7. phukyouk - May 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    I still prefer the Kate version of the Upton clan.

  8. ezthinking - May 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Ordinarily I dislike Twitter et. al. with the mindless crap posted, but I do like the holding of announcers accountable for there mistakes. Lord knows they’re in need of it.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      Use it like I do. It’s great for following insiders of the game, and/or your favorite writers. I don’t follow any celebs or crap like that, but guys like Keith Law and a few from Baseball America, some from Baseball Prospectus and guys like LoMo and Brandon McCarthy.

  9. wishkid24 - May 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    That’s why I watch games on ESPN on mute. Actually most TV announcers these days are horrible. Love watching the games with the radio broadcast for sound when I can. Used to love watching Cubs games while listening to Ronnie do the radio broadcast.

    • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      MLB.TV Premium with an International VPN IP address and the radio announcers from either team beats Hank Schulman every time!

      Not that that’s how I watch the games or anything . . . I’ve, just heard of friends who do that.

      • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        *Dan not Hank.

  10. plummer2512 - May 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    While ESPN is bad can we at least agree that Saturday games on FOX are even worse. If I have to hear BUCK doing one more Sox/Yankee game I may have to kill myself.

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      If I could give you 1,000 thumbs up I would.

  11. chumthumper - May 2, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    The way ESPN sees it, any game that’s not a Yankees-Red Sox broadcast is just an interlude until the next one comes along….so what do they care about doing it right.

  12. chill1184 - May 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Kudos for Upton calling out the world wide propaganda house out on their hackery that they call sports broadcasting. I haven’t watched that garbage network for about 8 years, there are plenty of better sources to get sports news out there. However he should known that if you don’t play for the Yanks, Red Sox or Phillies your a non-person.

  13. azvikefan - May 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    I don’t tweet,twit or twat. I don’t use my spacebook or my facebook. I don’t do sexting or texting. I have an old cell phone that stays in my truck.Yet I’m a very contented old man.

  14. randygnyc - May 2, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Uptown is right about this. I haven’t watched anything on espn, baseball related, except some Sunday night games, since the MLB channel launched.

  15. tandem4ever - May 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    People actually watch ESPN? Wow, I haven’t watched them in, like, 15 years…WTF??

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