There are so many unwritten rules in baseball it’s hard to keep track. It’s getting to the point where old heads complain about something that really isn’t an issue.
That certainly seemed to be the case on Wednesday night, as the Philadelphia Phillies broadcast crew called out Francisco Lindor’s double play.
Philadelphia utilized a hit and run play, but the ball landed right in Lindor’s glove. After that, he lazily threw the ball to first, as the runner had no time to get back.
Almost immediately, the Phillies broadcast crew criticized Francisco Lindor’s efforts. They essentially called the play “unprofessional.”
The NBC Sports Philadelphia broadcast didn't care for how Mets star Francisco Lindor tossed the ball to first base on an easy double play.
"I'm not a big fan. Be a little bit more professional about it."- Ben Davis ⚾️🎙️ pic.twitter.com/W8LrDF0mJz
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) June 1, 2023
I’m not entirely sure what’s wrong with this play. Why use maximum energy to get the guy out when you don’t have to? Save your energy for another play that needs it.
On the flip side, it’s hard to imagine biased opinions aren’t in play here. I mean, it’s the Phillies broadcast crew watching the team record two outs in a single play.
MLB fans were quick to light them up though, as most baseball fans didn’t feel the same way.
Boooo them. Hope he does it again tomorrow
— Eddie (@eddieb2) June 1, 2023
I can get behind this.
The new rule is, if old baseball guys aren’t a fan of it, I am now a fan.
— Gagné (@iLLL_G) June 1, 2023
Anything but a soft toss!
Not a soft toss pic.twitter.com/0TdKGOA4Zv
— Ryan Deglow (@ryan_deglow) June 1, 2023
Old heads are always yelling about something.
— Kevin Rasnick (@Rasnick_Kevin) June 1, 2023
Even Phillies fans have Francisco Lindor’s back.
The Phillies TV booth is the worst it's been in the 45 years I've been a fan
— Mike S (@MikeS51687273) June 1, 2023
What this guy said!
The play happened the way it should… Neither runner had any chance, and Francisco Lindor got the out. Enough said, move on.
— DJ Smith (@djkukcsmith) June 1, 2023
It’s calls like these that seem to bring all baseball fans together. Especially considering there was nothing wrong with what Lindor did on that play.
Thanks to social media, baseball fans across the country are able to call out announcers mercilessly.