Bally Sports analyst Jeff Francoeur asked Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia a very pointed question — one he probably wasn’t planning on broadcasting.
But that was Wednesday afternoon when Arcia struck out to end the bottom of the seventh inning with Atlanta trailing 4-2.
Phillies pitcher Jose Alvarado appeared to back off Arcia with a sinker called Strike 3, ending the frame.
Nevertheless, Francoeur couldn’t understand why the Braves’ shortstop was backing away while pitching, and was caught on a hot mic expressing just that.
“What the hell was he backing up there for?” Francoeur asked, a little irritated, wondering if the broadcast had turned into a commercial.
After that moment, the broadcast quickly switched to advertising.
The Braves ended up losing 6-5 to the Phillies, as Philadelphia returned to the City of Brotherly Love to host the Mets on Thursday night.
The Braves embarked on a road trip to face the lowly Nationals.
Wednesday seemed to be a tough day for baseball broadcasters as they were caught on hot mics.
Giants and NBC play-by-play announcer Duane Kuiper learned that it might be better not to announce a bathroom break until you’re 100 percent sure a commercial break has begun.
Kuiper announced to the audience that he had to pee in a hilarious moment.
During the summer, Yankees’ WFAN radio station Suzyn Waldman slammed the Yankees as “boring” when she thought they were off the air.
Francoeur has become a fixture on Braves broadcasts, and 2023 will be his sixth season in the booth as the team’s lead analyst for games.
Francoeur played 12 seasons in the majors, six of them with Atlanta, hitting .265 with 85 home runs.