June 1, 2013
A Homer Announcer's Guide to Calling a Plunking
After the Tigers hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning this afternoon Jason Hammel hit Matt Tuiasosopo with a high breaking ball on the first pitch of the subsequent at-bat and Hammel was ejected.
It's something we've seen plenty of times, but if you were new to baseball, don't worry. The color commentators were there to explain to you exactly what happened.
Below are the transcripts from both broadcasts, isolating only the color commentator or commentators. They go from the time of the plunking until the broadcasts went to commercial. Links are with them, but try to guess which broadcast is which. It might be tougher than you think.
(It is not tougher than you think.)
Let's take a look at the pitch on the Pitch Track. It's a breaking ball. It's a slider. It gets away from Jason Hammel; we've seen him lose some pitches to the arm side. That's why Jason Hammel is so upset. And that's why Tuiasosopo isn't that upset about it. I mean you would expect maybe a brushback pitch, but this is a slider that he just lets go of too soon and catches it in the shoulder. That's why Buck Showalter is so upset. You see Jason Hammel showing his disgust in that call.
No doubt. That's weak on Hammel's part. You've just given up three straight homers and you're going to argue this? Weak. He came up and in on Tuiasosopo.
And now you know how it really happened.