Imagine walking to the plate in your first All-Star Game appearance, feeling like you’re on top of the world. Then you glance at the scoreboard, where your name appears in bright lights alongside the photo of someone who clearly isn’t you.
Home viewers didn’t see the error on the Fox Sports broadcast. However, those in attendance were quick to recognize that McNeil’s photo was replaced by that of Mets teammate Jacob deGrom.
It’s an inexplicable error that should have been double-checked and corrected before hitting the scoreboard. But there it is.
Understandably, McNeil was not happy about it.
Jeff McNeil was not pleased that the scoreboard showed deGrom while he batted. Said that he and his family were excited to see him on the board during an all star game
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) July 10, 2019
— SNY (@SNYtv) July 10, 2019
Is it the worst thing in the world?
No. Far from it. But it might be easier to overlook this mistake if it were the only error to appear on the scoreboard during All-Star weekend.
It turns out there were several other mistakes just in the All-Star Game alone.
Not a great night for the scoreboard pic.twitter.com/rEaD5M8HGA
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) July 10, 2019
Did you guys catch these “Atlanta” players? pic.twitter.com/R1cPGEMNkW
— Monte the Color Man (@Monte_Colorman) July 10, 2019
It hasn’t been great all weekend. pic.twitter.com/ReRF1K2dOk
— Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) July 10, 2019
Mistakes happen. It’s not the end of the world. But it’s a moment these players have dreamed of, and in some cases may never experience again. It’s not a lot to ask or expect to be properly identified.
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