ESPN commentator Sean McDonough trolled the network’s Aaron Judge cut-ins on a live game broadcast.
Why would this matter? Under normal circumstances, this would not be newsworthy. The Yankees have already clinched their division, and the Orioles will miss the playoffs. However, Aaron Judge is just one home run away from breaking Roger Maris’ AL single-season record of 61.
Thus, ESPN has been making college football fans suffer all week with live cut-ins during broadcasts. This included Friday night, during ESPN’s coverage of the Houston vs Tulane game, which went down to the wire.
It has taken Judge longer than expected (given his previous pace) to break Maris’ record. Having said live cut-ins during Kentucky-Ole Miss, a game between two ranked teams, doesn’t feel optimal.
Oh, the snark is very real.
Should ESPN show every Aaron Judge at-bat live?
At the end of the day, a regular week of college football is not more important than a long-standing MLB record potentially falling. Judge and Maris are two of the most well-know names in all of baseball, and sports as a whole. They also both play(ed) for the Yankees. Hence, here we are.
If Judge was a Pittsburgh Pirate instead, odds are we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
McDonough primarily covers college football for ESPN, so he has bias in this matter. He’s also likely very aware of how most college football fans feel about this. It’s not ideal, but ESPN has been consistent in their policy throughout (and not just with Judge, mind you).
Hopefully, Judge will break the record soon. As for the Yankees, looks like they’re on pace to start the game at 1:30 p.m. ET or so.