The Alex Rodriguez era of Sunday Night Baseball for a variety of reasons hasn’t gotten off to the smoothest of starts.
Tonight has been better on one hand (Rodriguez has toned down the Tony Romo-style pitch predictions), but on the other hand Rodriguez is pretty clearly in the old school mode of Joe Morgan when it comes to recognizing how the game is changing from an analytical perspective. (There was a segment on the league’s trend to maximizing the launch angles of hitters that was essentially Straw Man 101.)
But that’s not why you’re here. You’re here to see this video, with which ESPN came back from a break, of A-Rod opening a bottle of water just like you would: squeezing the cap like it’s some kind of pop top instead of twisting it off.
That just about sums up how the booth has gone so far: Rodriguez trying to blend in, failing to do the basics, and causing problems for Jess Mendoza in the process.
Also, “Brooks Brothers, baby.”
But we’re still early! Things could get better!