There have been some bad MLB scoreboard errors over the years, including player name mispellings at the 2019 All-Star Game. The latest case of a scoreboard getting it very wrong came with Asdrúbal Cabrera’s return to Nationals Park Thursday as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cabrera played for the Washington Nationals in 2014 and then again in the last months of 2019, helping lead them to a World Series victory and starting at second base for them in Game 7. He played for the Nationals again in 2020, then signed with Arizona this February, so Thursday marked quite the notable homecoming for him, and the Nationals even put together a tribute video for him. But a scoreboard error that managed to mispell both his first and last names didn’t exactly help make him feel welcomed back:
How it started: How it’s going: pic.twitter.com/td83jYmzVk
— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) April 15, 2021
Amazingly, this came in the top half of the first inning, not long after the Nationals played the pre-game tribute video, and after fans gave Cabrera a standing ovation:
Nationals video for Asdrúbal Cabrera, who comes out of the D-backs dugout to greet Nats fans in the stands for the first time since 2019. pic.twitter.com/zfaMvomF9o
— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) April 15, 2021
So that’s quite a swing and miss by the scoreboard on spelling his name wrong quite quickly after that. At least it was only for his first at-bat. But still, that’s an unfortunate mistake to make, especially after Cabrera was so positive about his time playing for them in pre-game interviews.
Asdrúbal Cabrera says he's thankful for Davey Martinez giving him a chance to play in 2019. Also says Davey charged him and Gerardo Parra to keep the clubhouse loose that season en route to the World Series. pic.twitter.com/PyMokLoAAh
— Bobby Blanco (@Bobby_Blanco) April 15, 2021
The mistake didn’t stop Cabrera from dancing with his new teammates following an 11-6 win, though:
Chasing this Friday Jr. energy in the @Dbacks clubhouse ?
(via eduardoescobar948/TikTok) pic.twitter.com/z1HMfL8J94
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 16, 2021
[Christopher Crawford on Twitter; photo via Bobby Blanco on Twitter]