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Phillies Broadcaster Tom McCarthy Takes Foul Ball to Chest in Spring Training

“I might’ve sort of either saved you or tipped it into your body,” said broadcast partner Ruben Amaro Jr.

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Major League Baseball is back, and spring training games have begun in preparation for the new campaign. And like the players, baseball broadcasters are getting their reps in ahead of a new season.

On NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Saturday telecast of the Grapefruit League match-up between the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies outfielder Adam Haseley fouled the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth inning off pitcher Jordan Romano. The ball caromed back into the broadcast booth where Tom McCarthy and Ruben Amaro Jr. were situated.

“Watch yourself,” Amaro said as the ball sounded like it may have caught the field microphone in the netting before finding its way through the booth’s open window. Amaro tried to make the catch, but Amaro tipped the ball into McCarthy’s chest.

“I might’ve sort of either saved you or tipped it into your body,” Amaro said. McCarthy appeared to be surprised by the ball hitting him.

The Phillies Twitter account couldn’t help but notice what had happened as well, and was quick to post a clip online.

“Just gotta tighten up the chest a little bit,” McCarthy joked.

It didn’t seem like the ball came in all that hard, as McCarthy carried on with the broadcast. Fans on Twitter did check in to ask if he was OK.

But McCarthy continued to take the moment in stride.

Also perhaps a lesson to fans out there: Even if you’re in the booth with the window open, always keep your eye on the ball.

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ESPN Will Honor Vin Scully By Airing Iconic 1988 World Series Game 1 Tonight

ESPN will air an encore presentation of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as a tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scull

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ESPN will air an encore presentation of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as a tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully. The network will air the game tonight, August 3 at 8pm ET on ESPN2.

The 1988 World Series was between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics. Scully was on the call for the classic game which is notable for an injured Kirk Gibson coming off the bench and hitting a walk-off home run.

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Matthew Berry Joins NBC Sports

Berry is expected to host a daily podcast and have his own Sunday fantasy football show.

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Matthew Berry, the fantasy football expert that helped to elevate the niche to mainstay programming surrounding the football season, is joining NBC Sports.

Berry, who left ESPN less than a month ago, is expected to host a daily podcast and have his own Sunday fantasy football show, sources told The New York Post. The show might go against Fantasy Football Now, his previous show that airs on ESPN2.

The show is also expected to be on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, as well as possibly on some NBC affiliates. Berry could also make appearances on Sunday Night Football.

NBC Sports declined comment.

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NBC Pushing for Big Ten/NFL Primetime Pairing in Media Rights Deal

“The Big Ten would have exposure in every TV home,” said one source to Front Office Sports. “It would also be a smart idea to follow the model of the most successful sports league in America.” 

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Big Ten media rights negotiations are getting closer to being completed. The results could mean a minimum of $1.25 billion annual distribution for the conference’s soon-to-be sixteen members. One of the bidders in the process, NBC, has an interesting idea to make the Big Ten the “NFL of college football conferences.”

NBC has reportedly pushed the idea of combining Big Ten broadcasts with its existing Notre Dame coverage and would feature the Big Ten in its primetime window. With CBS, ESPN/ABC also bidding on coverage packages, such a series of deals would make the Big Ten the only college football conference that would be seen across all of the American broadcast networks. Something only few entities have done, like the NFL.

NBC is also pushing the allure of having primetime Big Ten football on Saturday night and primetime coverage of Sunday’s only NFL evening game with Sunday Night Football.

“The Big Ten would have exposure in every TV home,” said one source to Front Office Sports. “It would also be a smart idea to follow the model of the most successful sports league in America.” 

The Big Ten’s current media rights deals expire after the 2023 season.

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