Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto did not have the performance he would have liked to have during the team’s Wild Card match up against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Tuesday night. In fact, Cueto’s performance was poor enough that he needed to be pulled from the game in the fourth inning as the fans continued to heckle him.
Unfortunately for Cueto, the energetic Pirates crowd appeared to be getting inside of his head as he folded under the pressure.
PNC Park was as loud as can be as the fans chanted Cueto’s name. After being caught off guard by the fans, Cueto dropped the ball before giving up a home run to Russell Martin. It was all downhill from there as the Pirates went on to win the game and advance in the postseason.
For the Reds and Cueto, they are now just the subject of jokes around the sports world — including ESPN’s SportsCenter.
ESPN anchor David Lloyd was “heckled” and “booed” by the production staff as he was getting ready to send us in to a commercial, when he dropped his notes to the ground in an effort to get even more laughs at Cueto’s expense.
It was a bit cheap, but you need to have some fun every now and then.
Here is the video of Lloyd’s little stunt, via Business Insider: