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Play of the Day: Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy catches Freddie Freeman’s home run in the center field seats

Jun 27, 2014, 7:23 PM EDT

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Phillies broadcasters Tom McCarthy, Jamie Moyer, and Matt Stairs are broadcasting Friday night’s game between the Phillies and Braves from center field. Only a few minutes after McCarthy had finished the introduction to the game, he was involved in the game. Keep in mind that this is the first time in the history of Citizens Bank Park that the broadcast has been done anywhere but the booth behind the plate.

Starter Kyle Kendrick allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base, as B.J. Upton singled and Andrelton Simmons walked. Freddie Freeman promptly blasted a three-run home run to the left of center field, directly at the trio of broadcasters. McCarthy, with glove on hand, reached up and caught the home run. After some encouragement from the fans around him, McCarthy fired the ball back onto the field.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Sorry but IMHO throwing a home run back onto the field is one of the dumbest new “traditions” I’ve heard of. Whoever added it to the Unwritten Rules was not being a fan the Right Way.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Totally agree.

      And as a fan – I think it is so stupid to hear cheering….yea, they got a 3 run home run, but we sure showed them be throwing the ball back!

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        Meh…to each their own. I certainly don’t agree with druken idots booing, coercing or otherwise hounding kids to do it. Which is why a lot of people bring a baseball just in case. Throw that one back…and keep the real souvenir.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        You know….I never thought of that! I guess you could throw a fake back

    • moogro - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Yes, that’s the worst thing ever. What is a kid supposed to do that wants the ball but a bunch of bored drunks are pressuring her? Throw it on the field so that a player or staff member has to go get it? This needs to go away.

    • derklempner - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      It’s not new, it’s been around since the late 1970s when Cubs fans started doing it after the idea was lampooned in a play called “Bleacher Bums”. It’s been done at Wrigley Field ever since then, with the rest of the league’s fans following suit.

    • maddog11896 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:46 AM

      To each there own, I would never pressure a kid to throw a ball back, but I caught Albert Pujol’s 302nd career homer and Justin Morneau’s 24th and I chucked both back. Haven’t felt any remorse for it either.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        Maddog, I of course know nothing of your family situation, so I’ll say it this way: If my dad in later years had told his sons he’d caught a Babe Ruth home run but had thrown it back, it’s unlikely we’d have reacted kindly.
        So, yes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do … unless what they do is, um, (be polite and nonjudgmental) moronic.

  2. baberuthslegs - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Why does this article have a picture of Carlos Santana in it?

    • Bill Baer - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      The guy he’s standing next to is Tom McCarthy!

    • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Is that Carlos Santana or Cheech?

      • whatacrocker - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        Or Boss Hogg from the Dukes of Hazzard?

  3. miguelcairo - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Did he get escorted out like a regular fan would?

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Ok….that was cool. But still….

    Come on KK!! Can you EVER get out of the first inning without getting bombed???JEEEZZZZ!!!

  5. phillysoulfan - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    The way this game is going McCarthy maybe the standout star

  6. scotttheskeptic - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Throwing the ball back is a Wrigley thing. Don’t like it from fans elsewhere, and certainly didn’t like it from McCarthy.

  7. eagles512 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Worst play by play guy in baseball. The announcing is embarrassing.

    • dan1111 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:01 AM

      Let him have his moment.

    • miguelcairo - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:22 AM

      Joe Buck.

  8. bluburt - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Shouldn’t he have been booted for throwing an object on the field as is indicated on his ticket and posted on signs throughout the stadium…?

  9. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    The best part of this story is the incredibly random photo McCarthy standing with Carlos Santana.

  10. drs76109 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Makes you pine for Whitey and Harry – and even By Saam – when we actually LISTENED in the broadcast. Their words, their conversation, their humour, was not a stunt, like this, but plain and real. Larry Andersen cones close. Out of Philly: Jack Buck ( his son is forgettable), Ernie Harwell, Vin Scully. Curt Gowdy… They were plain and real, too.

    Hope the Celebre’s Twins – plain and pepperoni – are doing well! :-)

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