His F-Bomb Is a Weird New Baseball Problem

Curse by Joc Pederson is picked up on TV broadcast because of empty stadium
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2020 10:42 AM CDT
His F-Bomb Is a Weird New Baseball Problem
Joc Pederson, left, chats with Enrique Hernandez during an intrasquad baseball game on July 16, 2020, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

When the Dodgers' Joc Pederson grounded out to first in Thursday night's game, he did not say "Darn it." He said another word, begins with "f," loudly, notes SFGate. Normally, this would have gone unnoticed amid the noise from a stadium packed with fans. But in the age of COVID, Pederson's expletive (he said it twice, actually, the last time more emphatically) was easily picked up on the TV broadcast. Listen here. Expect more of the same until players get used to the new reality, observes Sportsnaut, or until networks start adding a tape delay. (Anthony Fauci's "first pitch" was a wee bit off.)

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