Normally, a broadcast crew has to worry only about foul balls flying back into the booth. But with the Philadelphia Phillies announcers set up in the center-field stands in Citizens Bank Park on Friday night, they had to be wary of home runs.
Play-by-play man Tom McCarthy came prepared, toting a first baseman’s mitt. And it didn’t take long for the leather to come in handy. The Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman, the third batter of the game, smacked a homer to center — and McCarthy made the grab.
However, since the ball came from an opposing player, McCarthy was obliged to throw it back. And he did.