With one out left in the ninth inning and Yu Darvish set to become just the 24th pitcher in MLB history to pitch a perfect game, someone named Marwin Gonzalez stepped to the plate and drilled a single right through the legs (and heart) of Darvish. There were certainly mixed reactions from fans on hand. With the Rangers in town, there were plenty of Dallas baseball wonks in the stands to be disappointed, but with so few dramatic moments like this one likely to occur at Minute Maid this season, even 'Stros fans were a bit down.
In the booth, Bill Brown responded in his normal steady voice and new/old color man Alan Ashby added an "Oh, no!" for good measure. But then came this:
It sounds like it's Ashby with the first quote and former Astro/second commentator Geoff Blum with the response, but at :47, one of them said, "That will force a guy to learn some of the language here in America." There were a few chortles of laughter, then the response, "Some of the more inappropriate language...I like it. They probably learn that instantly coming over here," which trailed quickly into more discussion of the hit.
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Get it? Darvish is Japanese!
Darvish, according to teammate Nelson Cruz, speaks fluent English, though he regularly uses a translator when speaking with the media, not an uncommon choice for foreign-born athletes.
We love both Ashby and Blum and think they will be great additions to the broadcast booth, but that exchange seemed to lose something...er...in translation.