Isles defenseman Matt Donovan joined play-by-play man Chris King in the radio booth Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark to provide a few innings of color commentary during a Long Island Ducks minor league baseball game.
It was a fun concept for an Isles TV feature (coming out August 10), except as it turns out, Matt knows next to nothing about baseball… That probably should have been our first question for the d-man, before “Are you free Tuesday for an Isles TV feature?”
Cue Matt and me brainstorming token baseball phrases and buzzwords during the first three innings.
Before his fourth-inning debut, we came up with such gems as:
- Good eye
- Bloop and a Blast
- Ducks on the pond
- Hot corner
- There’s no crying in baseball
- Some lucky fan is going home with a souvenir
- Something involving a “frozen rope”?
Despite having these beauties and more up his sleeve, the only baseball commentary Matt delivered during his 1.5 innings of action was “He’s throwing really fast.”
To be fair, Kinger gracefully geared his broadcast more towards hockey and the Islanders during Matt’s innings, and Matt had great things to say about the ballpark, the fans and the mascot, “Quacker-Jack.”
To his credit, in his best broadcasting move of the day, Matt knew NOT to mention the Ducks pitcher’s no-hit bid, which lasted until the seventh inning.
DUCKS 5, SKEETERS 0