The Atlanta Braves Broadcast Booth Is Filled with Boiling Rage, as Always
This incident involved the sensitive subject of catcher protocol, which Cubs backstop Willson Contreras decided to enforce.
During a second-inning at-bat, Contreras wasn't digging the strike zone of the fallible human ump behind the plate and let him know about it.
On the very next pitch, this went down:
As per tradition, we get vastly different reactions from the dueling broadcast teams, not to mention the accounts from the players themselves.
But Braves announcer and former MLBer Jeff Francoeur really seemed to be deeply disturbed by the whole episode, which definitely has nothing to do with any personal history with Contreras.
Yep, that would be a licensed team broadcaster retroactively threatening a player on the opposing team.
It sure the hell was, but Willy didn't seem to mind.
In fact, he seemed to be feeling sorry for the clearly troubled Francoeur.
Here’s Willson Contreras, on Jeff Francouer’s comments during Braves broadcast Monday night. Francoeur said “I wish I would’ve just thrown a haymaker” when recalling on-field argument with Contreras on July 7, 2016.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 25, 2019
First, Contreras let out a laugh, then responded... pic.twitter.com/RteLKcOKcl
Poor guy, indeed.
It's almost as if Frenchy had misplaced his beret or something.
Oh, before we forget, here's that personal history we mentioned earlier:
You know, Frenchy, it's difficult to land a haymaker when you're backpedaling.