Jessica Mendoza

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast wound up with a smaller cast than usual this week, with their coverage of Sunday’s Philadelphia Phillies-San Francisco Giants game featuring just play-by-play broadcaster Matt Vasgersian and analyst Alex Rodriguez. Reporter Buster Olney was on a planned vacation, but analyst Jessica Mendoza was scheduled to work the game until a car accident intervened. Here’s more on that from USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale:

And here’s how Vasgersian and Rodriguez addressed it on the broadcast:

A transcript:

Vasgersian: “With that, we welcome you inside the broadcast booth. With Alex Rodriguez, I’m Matt Vasgersian. Jessica Mendoza not with us today, she was involved in a minor auto accident over the weekend. She’s feeling a lot better, and we’ll see her again next weekend. Buster Olney’s on vacation, so it’s just you and me today.”

Rodriguez: “Matty, we are the ones on vacation. This place is beautiful, the weather is perfect.”

Our thoughts go out to Mendoza while she recovers.


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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.