TV analyst Keith Hernandez picked the wrong day to use a common baseball figure of speech on Memorial Day during a live broadcast of the Yankees-Mets game. Hernandez used a “dead soldier” line in reference to a broken bat in the first inning of the game.
With one out in the bottom of the first inning, the Mets’ Daniel Murphy broke his bat off a pitch from the Yankees’ Phil Hughes in an common play that regularly happens in the MLB. After the play, Hernandez compared the broken bat to a “dead soldier,” on Memorial Day no less.
“That is a dead soldier right there folks laying in that infield dirt. That’s what we call getting sawed off. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of. It happens,” Hernandez said about the play.
In the following inning, the Yankees’ Vernon Wells broke his bat on a pitch, but Hernandez was completely silent, though he never addressed his original comment in the first place.
The Mets went on to beat the Yankees 2-1 in Game 1 of the Subway Series after taking the lead in the eighth inning. Though the Mets have been struggling of late and produced a huge win over there inner-city rivals, the focus remained on Hernandez’s comment from the beginning of the game.
Keith Hernandez has been working as a Mets’ broadcaster since 2002, and he is widely considered one of the most respectable people involved in the game. Nevertheless, he slipped up on Monday during a live broadcast for all to hear.
Hernandez isn’t just an MLB analyst, as he’s also a former player who won 11 consecutive Gold Glove Awards. He played in over 2,000 games in his career, drove in more than 1,000 runs, and he also won two World Series.
His success on the field quickly transitioned to even more success as a broadcaster, but he now has his first setback behind the booth. Here’s video of the analyst’s “dead soldier” line he used in the first inning of the Subway Series on Monday.
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