It’s a tough time to be a sports broadcaster.
The Los Angeles Angels played a doubleheader against the Houston Astros on Saturday. But the second game was a makeup from Aug. 26. So the Angels were only the home squad for the first game, an important note for a sport that provides home-field advantage past fan noise.
Angels announcer flubs ninth-inning call
Los Angeles found itself in a similar situation in the second game and trailed by two runs heading into the seventh inning. Justin Upton and Trout both reached base and Anthony Rendon took his first pitch to left field to plate the winning run.
Except, unlike the first game, it was still the top of the seventh and the game wasn’t over yet. Understandably, longtime Angels play-by-play voice Victor Rojas forgot that detail.
AND THE ANGELS WALK-OFF— wait a minute...— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 6, 2020
AND THE ANGELS TAKE THE LEAD! pic.twitter.com/o6hVW452DV
Ty Buttrey came in for the bottom half of the inning and got the three outs to finalize the win. The Angels’ account continued to have fun with the miscue on Twitter.
Halos win in not walk-off fashion! pic.twitter.com/m2cKR85u3a— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 6, 2020
And Rojas referenced it, too.
Ya know what’s cool? During most difficult of seasons, @angels fans are laughing & enjoying tonight. It’s why I love our fan base. I’d rather screw up having fun doing what I love & than mail it in. Now if the boys come out wearing road grays tomorrow, I’m toast. #Cheers 🍻— Victor Rojas (@VictorRojas) September 6, 2020
Sports in 2020 have taken a lot of adjustment from everyone involved. There are no fans at the majority of professional sporting events, and teams are living within bubble environments or highly regulated situations. And with a condensed schedule, as well as the difficulties in traveling during a pandemic, teams are adjusting to what is considered “home.”
It’s surprising Rojas is the first announcer to make such a call. At least everyone could have fun with it.
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