FOX microphone players like Freddie Freeman, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Nelson Cruz during Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game broadcast to give viewers the unique experience of hearing from baseball’s biggest stars in real time.
Liam Hendriks, the White Sox’s and the American League All-Star team are closer, did not know that his microphone was still working in the ninth inning of the Midsummer Classic. And what happens when a closer attempt to deliver his team victory does not know that the world is listening to him? Let’s just say that younger viewers may have picked up a few new words.
(Note: The video below contains strong language.)
Hendriks could also be heard on the microphone, telling catcher Mike Zunino during the inning that his microphone was not working and that he had not heard anything from it all night, something he later confirmed to The Athletic’s Jayson Stark.
Liam Hendriks said he did not know his microphone was live on the 9th as he could not hear the booth, but word soon reached him.
“I’m sure it created some interesting television,” he said. “I hope the guy was at the right point.”
– Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 14, 2021
Yes, the “bleep-er guy” was not at the right point. The outbursts came through loud and clear as he worked a goalless ninth inning with a strike and two hits were allowed to nail the American League 5-2 victory against the National League.
Hendriks had previously expressed fears of being miked during a game and told CBS Sports’ Matt Snyder that it would be a “bad idea.”
I found the recording and I listen to it again. He suggested to himself that it should be a delay of three seconds to beep the cussing
– Matt Snyder (@MattSnyderCBS) July 14, 2021
Hendriks enjoyed learning that he was heard all the time, as he told the Chicago Tribune’s LaMond Pope.
Liam Hendriks on his ninth: “The fact that I was able to throw the ninth and have a relatively eventful ninth, kind of plays a little into my personality. And not realizing that the microphone was hot and I could not hear them and they could hear me was a lot of fun. “
– LaMond Pope (@lamondpope) July 14, 2021
Twitter also enjoyed hearing AL save the leader being himself out there on the mound.
The one who gave Liam Hendriks mike while hitting does Rich Hill next time.
– Eno Sarris (@enosarris) July 14, 2021
Many thanks to the one who thought it was a good idea to mix Liam Hendriks. I needed this.
– Cody Decker (@ Decker6) July 14, 2021