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Here’s the “In Memoriam” Segment We Didn’t See at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game (Video)
Before, during, and after the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the broadcast team on Fox mentioned Derek Jeter about 300 hundred times. However, not once did they mention the late great Tony Gwynn.
This really rubbed some people the wrong way, including, possibly, the San Diego Padres. After the game was over, they issued the following tweet, which seems to say, hey, why don’t y’all take a break from praising abaseball icon who’s still very much alive and mention another baseball icon the world lost too soon?
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 16, 2014
Of course, MLB and Fox had a response to the criticism: they didn’t want to “single out” Tony Gwynn and offend the families and fans of other players who died in the past year. And this is fairly reasonable, since they don’t usually recognized former players who have died before or during the All-Star Game.
However, given how beloved Tony Gwynn was among baseball fans and humans in general, they probably should have made an exception this year. And there was a fairly obvious solution to the “don’t want to leave anybody out” problem: don’t leave anybody out! Cut the superfluous Idina Menzel song nobody wanted to hear anyway and do an entire Oscars-style “in memoriam” segment.
What would that have looked like? Well, it just so happens that baseball blogger Paul Sullivan created the “in memoriam” segment we never got to see. And it is fantastic.
Take a look:
Setting to the music from The Natural was an especially nice touch, no?
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]