During Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was pushed out by pitcher Ian Anderson. Anderson’s throw sailed towards Alonso’s head but luckily the first baseman got out of the way and was untouched. Mets manager Buck Showalter, however, was understandably not happy, which the SNY broadcast made clear.
After the pitch, SNY cameras caught Showalter watching the pitch. The expression on Showalter’s face clearly indicated that he was upset. But in case there was any lingering doubt, SNY removed it in visual and audio form.
Pete Alonso was almost shot in the face so the SNY show put a special effect on an angry Buck Showalter? pic.twitter.com/tuymwg5dm9
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It’s not something you’re going to see much, especially on such short notice.
It’s the kind of stuff you might expect to see on a post-game show or other setting where the show’s producers have plenty of time to find the right background music and figure out what do with the screen. The SNY team, however, was Johnny on the spot, having everything ready to do it in mere seconds.
Of course, this raises a natural question. How will SNY follow up if and when this happens again? Steam coming out of Showalter’s nose and ears might be a good idea, but might also be asking too much.