We all know that Larry Andersen is never shy to show his passionate and intense side when covering a baseball game on the radio. Yesterday, though, saw something
In the bottom of the first inning, after Willie Bloomquist sent a double in to left field Aaron Hill popped up behind the plate on an 0-2 count from Cole Hamels for an out, but with Willie Bloomquist running toward third and turning toward home plate, the Phillies failed to go for an appeal at third base. According to Andersen, Placido Polanco was looking right at the batter and should have picked up on the need to appeal to the umpire for an automatic out. Video replay did show that Andersen knew exactly what he was talking about.
Andersen caught it immediately as the play was developing, interjecting with the play-by-play from Phillies radio announcer Scott Franzke, saying "They gotta throw to third... Throw to third, he went around the bag and didn't touch it."
As Andersen continued to be frustrated about the Phillies not going for the appeal he says "I don't know how to tell them to appeal it." A thought quickly came to mind, as Andersen was heard putting down his headset, getting up from his chair and screaming from the radio booth down to the field "Appeal it!"
Audio source: 94 WIP, via SoundClick user The Dork Knight
The Phillies would go on to win yesterday's game by the score of 7-2. It was another fine outing for Cole Hamels, who has now win three straight games since his season debut went sour. The offense took advantage of some sloppy play by the Diamondbacks and Michael Schwimer made his season debut in the ninth inning to close things out in a non-save situation, giving Jonathan Papelbon an extra day off.
The Phillies are off today but return home for a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs starting Friday night.