Don't ever let people tell you sideline reporting in baseball isn't a dangerous gig. It can be extremely dangerous, especially if you're not expecting that big league player to bombard your interview with a shaving cream pie or a Gatorade bucket.
All kidding aside, which we can thankfully do in this case, it really can be dangerous when the reporter is asked to take their eyes off the field for a period of time to deliver their latest hit.
Such was the scenario for Fox Sports Wisconsin's Sophia Minnaert during the Pirates 5-2 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Saturday night. As Minnaert welcomed fans back in the top half of the third inning, she was ready to set up the broadcast's Twitter poll for the evening. However, early in to her report, Minnaert was struck by an errant baseball that knocked the microphone right out of her hands and put her report on pause for a few seconds.
Having reviewed the broadcast, I can tell you it was not a foul ball as it's described in the MLB video. The inning had not started yet, so it was likely an errant throw from a Brewers player looking to give away a souvenir. Still, as you can tell by the sound and impact, it had a little mustard on it, and could have done some damage had she been struck in the head or face.
Thankfully, that wasn't the case, so Minnaert was able to quickly recover her microphone and collect herself. She then continued on with the report as if nothing had happened, which was impressive. If you watch the video all the way through, you'll also see she took her ribbing from the Brewers broadcast crew in stride, so she passes both the 'professional under fire' and 'good sport' portions of her test with flying colors.
Well done, Sophia. Now keep your head on a swivel.
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