Jessica Mendoza became the first woman to work as an analyst during an MLB postseason game on Tuesday night, as part of ESPN’s broadcast booth for the Houston Astros and New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game.
She was spot-on too, delivering the type of analysis that has led to a larger role at ESPN this MLB season. She earned a spot calling a Monday Night Baseball game in August, then was promoted to the network’s top baseball event, Sunday Night Baseball, when Curt Schilling was suspended in September.
Mendoza, 34, is an Olympic gold medalist in softball and considered one of the best players ever in the game. Softball and baseball aren’t exactly the same thing, but Mendoza illustrated an ability to speak just as keenly about baseball during her tenure at ESPN.
Some fans were surprised to hear a woman on their TV Tuesday night, particularly if they hadn’t been following the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts the last month of the season. But she’d been there, calling games, imparting knowledge and earning good reviews from baseball people. Certain fans don’t like her — and won’t like her — but then again some people are never going to say anything nice about a woman doing what is most frequently regarded as a man’s job. It’s 2015, but we haven’t fully broken that barrier yet.
Twitter rants by your average dude who has a problem with women aren’t news, honestly. The Internet is filled with such people and such opinions. But you’d think Mike Bell, a sports radio jock in Atlanta, would know better. After all, he has a radio show on 92.9 The Game. He knows how broadcasting works. And he knows there are some things you say when the mic is on and some things you don’t. Right?
Bell sent out the following tweet during Tuesday’s game, which he later deleted when the response wasn’t a bunch of hooting and hollering and testosterone like he expected. But it was preserved by Boiled Sports.
Like we said, Bell apologized, which is to be commended. But it you look at more of his tweets, you’ll see that he apologized partially because he, “had no idea it would blow up.”
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