So every night on ESPN's Baseball Tonight, they pick and show the Top Five Web Gems from all of the games. This night wasn't the exact typical one, or who knows really?
Friday night ESPN analysts argued over the Top Five plays with some of the most ridiculous comments bashing the Boston Red Sox, present and past.
Let's get this out of the way. The analysts do not pick the plays, it's the behind the scenes crew who are specifically hired to look at game footage all day and pick out top plays whether it's for the web gems, home runs, or game changing highlights.
Here are the Top Five plays, dubbed by ESPN with its comments followed by a rebuttal from Batter-up with Bruno.
No. 5 Left fielder Johnny Damon making outfield grab and crashes into padded wall
ESPN's take: The Johnny Damon catch was routine.
BUWB rebuttal: There's no way in hell that this catch is "routine" for Damon. As a Red Sox fan watching him play centerfield at Fenway Park, this is not even close to it.
No. 4 Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury robbing Luke Scott of a home run
ESPN's take: "There's no way, there's no way that this catch by Nation man Jacoby Ellsbury is the fourth best catch?"
Rebuttal from ESPN: "Steve just because it's a Red Sox it doesn't mean it's got to be No. 1."
BUWB rebuttal: Whoa, that was totally uncalled for? And agreed, this was only at No. 4? Ellsbury hung in mid air, robbed Scott of a game changing home run, fell to the ground, and still had the ball in his glove. Sorry if it had to be a Red Sox play to do it.
No. 3 First baseman Kendry Morales makes a backwards basket catch in right field, nearly colliding with Bobby Abreau.
ESPN's take: Gutsiest play, it's the No. 1 gutsiest play of the night.
BUWB: OK we'll give that it was gutsy, there's not really a huge argument here.
No. 2 Third baseman Andy LaRoche charged a bunt bid by Nyjer Morgan, bare hands it, throws it, and gets the runner out at first.
ESPN's take: "Most athletically hard play tonight. You got to catch it, you got to throw it, and you got to have arm strength. It was tough this wasn't No. 1."
BUWB take: Nyjer Morgan was safe! And this is No. 2? Morgan clearly beat it out by a half a step if you pause the video, it's clear that the ball wasn't in the first baseman's glove before Morgan's foot is on the bag.
No. 1 Center fielder Cody Ross makes "Willie Mays style" backwards basket catch
ESPN's take: "Why is Cody Ross the No. 1 web gem?"
ESPN's rebuttal: "This is the Willie Mays look for me tonight...or Griffey."
BUWB rebuttal: So you're comparing Mays and Griffey as the same? OK you have the right to do that. Cannot argue why this shouldn't be No. 1. That's not an easy play to make.
This really put the icing on the cake on what happened next after analyzing Ross' catch. Not sure where this came from, but this shows the "greatness" of ESPN.
Most uncalled for comment of the 1:26 clip:
"I'm one of the people who still watches their game instead of watching the Red Sox all of the time."
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