Working in the news media industry means working in a business where accuracy is pretty much everything.
We don’t always get it right, but rarely do we ever get it as wrong as Fox Sports did while airing Thursday night’s game between the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels, as Awful Announcing points out via Twitter user travdawgks.
During a break in the action, a graphic arrived on viewers’ screens posing a question for baseball fans: "Which young player would you like to start a franchise with?”
Me? I’ve always wanted to open a Chipotle with Derek Holland, but we can assume they meant “baseball franchise.” We can also assume they didn’t proofread this graphic even once.
See any problems? Yup, we have some issues to sort through here:
1. Bryce Harper is now “Bryce Hunter,” who sounds like the kid you grew up with who always showed off how good he was doing flips off the diving board.
2. Harper also plays for the Washington Nationals, which is a lot like the Detroit Tigers—but not at all.
3. Matt Harvey’s name has transformed into “Matt Jones,” which is presumably his rapper name from “back then.” (Who? Matt Jones!)
4. Harvey plays for the New York Mets, not the Baltimore Orioles.
5. Manny Machado is listed as playing for the Chicago White Sox instead of the Baltimore Orioles.
6. Last but not least, Mike Trout is listed as a New York Yankee, which, as Awful Announcing joked, is probably just a little premature considering the Los Angeles Angels outfielder hasn’t been scooped up by the Evil Empire just yet.
So, is it apathy? Carelessness? Or did the people pitching graphics for the Royals just serve up a grand slam of awfulness? I think it’s a little country and a little rock ‘n roll, which means “all of the above.”
Cutting and pasting from prior templates rarely works out for the best, and we can all assume a graphic design job will be opening up in Kansas City soon.
Which young player would YOU want to start a Chipotle with?