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Rangers PBP guy Dave Barnett to be evaluated after bizarre on-air incident

Jun 19, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

Dave Barnett

Rangers play-by-play announcer Dave Barnett completely lost it for a few seconds during last night’s game against the Padres and will be evaluated in the coming days.

The Rangers have announced that Steve Busby, who does Rangers PBP on the radio, will fill in for Barnett for at least the final two games of the series against San Diego.

In the eighth inning Monday, Barnett said that “the go-ahead run is at fifth on what [Mike] Adams is insisting on calling it a botched robbery. What actually happened was his henchman took piece literally out of.”

Barnett’s mic was cut off at that point, only to get turned back on 20 seconds later with everything perfectly back to normal. The belief is that a migraine was responsible for the incident.

  1. dan1111 - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    The guy said that and they’re taking him OFF the air? That is the most entertaining bit of commentary since that player’s head fell off and rolled into the outfield.

  2. mgv38 - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Petite mal seizure is my guess.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Or mild stroke, yeah.

  3. seeinred87 - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I realize that the underlying problem could potentially be serious, but that has to be one of the funniest things an announcer has ever said on air.

    • mgv38 - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Hawk Harrelson must have a migraine during every Sox game.

  4. jjschiller - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Hear it here: http://deadspin.com/5919477/rangers-announcer-dave-barnett-starts-speaking-nonsense-during-broadcast-claims-go+ahead-run-is-at-fifth-base

    • rollinghighwayblues - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      That link literally made me laugh out loud. I wish I could’ve seen Tom Grieves face.

  5. bhawkce - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    that reminds me of the reporter chick that that happened to in l.a. last year I think. hers was the result of the seizure dealio. it has to be kind of scarey for him tho

    • willsolo - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      • willsolo - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM

        Well that didn’t embed itself very well…

    • sabatimus - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      Exactly. I was thinking the same thing. What came out of her mouth was absolute gibberish, but apparently to her made sense; I wonder if that’s the case here.

  6. dowhatifeellike - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    What did his henchman take a piece out of? Find out next week on Baseballs of Our Lives.

    • nolanwiffle - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      Cake, mayhaps?

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

        More likely it was pie.

  7. dowhatifeellike - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Maybe he started falling asleep and started to PBP his dream? I’ve seen that happen before.

  8. redux23 - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    maybe he was playing mad libs

    • beanster71 - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      Nicely done.

  9. tuftsb - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Mayor West: Today we are here to honor Joe Swanson for pulling my poor one-eyed cat Bootsy out of the old stove pipe of my Grandmother’s cabin. (Guy standing behind mayor west hits him on the back of the head with a stick.) Joe Swanson won the special people’s decathalon and we’re here to honor him.

  10. chill1184 - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Migraines are brutal but you got to admit that was a funny line.

  11. theolgoaler - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I’ve had migraines, and broadcast baseball — Thank God, never at the same time! Gotta be scary for Barnett.

  12. xpensivewinos - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    What’s Grieve’s excuse?

    Sounds like a CT Scan is in order here. I’ve suffered from migraines my entire life and nothing like that has never happened to me before. Hopefully, he’s ok.

    P.S. For those flipping by, did anyone else think Keith Hernandez sounded drunk last night? He was beyond his usual garden-variety brutal and could barely speak. Started before the game when he kept referring to Adam Jones as “Alan” (until someone obviously corrected him) and then he struggled to complete his thoughts throughout the game.

  13. kmgannon - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    It’s funny to hear, but actually a really scary deal–it’s called aphasia, and is often a symptom of seizures and/or strokes that affect the area of the brain which controls speech and vocabulary, I hope he’s OK.

    Hawk Harrelson has no excuse, however.

  14. bbk1000 - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Is this how the Mets got stuck with Josh Lewin?

  15. nesuperfan - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Funny line aside, that was scary really. There was something clearly not working right in his brain. I just hope it is a one-time thing.

  16. 69jaredallen69 - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Wonder if Grieve stuffed his mouth with cookies since that is all that he is concerned about in the middle innings

  17. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Still better than Mike Shannon.

  18. rooney24 - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    If it was indeed medical, get well soon!!

  19. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    The sad thing about this is Rex Hudler says something exactly like that at least once during every Royals broadcast. I wish someone would evaluate him.

    • dexterismyhero - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Rex had brain issues in the past.

  20. mckludge - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Sounds like he was doing PBP for a spirited game of Calvinball

    • seeinred87 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      Haha, awesome. I would love to see some Calvinball on TV.

  21. drinkpeepee - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    The Human Torch was denied a bank loan.

  22. deathmonkey41 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Something like this might actually make Chris Berman listenable.

  23. hushbrother - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Sounds like the same thing that happened to that LA reporter at the Emmys a few years ago. She also started babbling on the air and it was feared she’d had a stroke, but it was in fact a migraine-related “transient ischemic” episode. She ended up being ok and hopefully Barnett is too.

  24. rasal68 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    OMG. You’re telling me Hudler has a brain??!!

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