Scott Servais. Jul 2, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais (9) laughs with players during pregame warmups against the Texas Rangers at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, Seattle Mariners’ manager Scott Servais (seen above laughing with players during pre-game warmups on July 2) got a lot of attention for comments about his team having a “fun differential” metric. That was passed on by Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times:

If you think that sounds extremely Ted Lasso, you’re probably right:

Anyway, this led to the Mariners’ social team posting a screenshot of their Baseball-Reference page with an added “Fun Differential”:

And on Wednesday, Baseball-Reference engaged with this, not just with a joke, but by actually adding that to their 2021 Mariners’ page (with a link to Divish’s tweet):

There are obviously many more important things in the baseball world than Scott Servais talking about a “fun differential,” and Baseball-Reference does more important and serious things too. (One example is their expanded coverage of the Negro Leagues following MLB’s long-overdue recognition for those leagues, and the numerous articles they’ve since commissioned on that front.) But it’s also great when baseball media outlets can get in on something lighthearted and enjoyable, and boost their own fun differential in the process. Well played, Baseball-Reference.

[Baseball-Reference on Twitter; photo from Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.