Devil Dish: Thanks for nothing ESPN

 by Kyle Odegard
 published on Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Kyle Odegard
THE STATE PRESS


On Monday afternoon, San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit his 660th home run, tying Willie Mays for third place on the all-time list. I know this because I was rudely interrupted from watching "Pardon The Interruption" to see it happen.

For some reason, ESPN felt the need to go live to every one of Bonds' at-bats until he hit number 660. The only problem is that hitting 660 home runs isn't that big of an accomplishment. Since when does shooting for third place on a list merit live feed-ins to every single at-bat?

I can understand a live look-in when Bonds gets to Babe Ruth's record and obviously to Hank Aaron's, but he is still 55 homers away from passing Ruth.

I hope the next time somebody is on the verge of tying a third-place record ESPN will just leave on "PTI."

Reach the reporter at kyle.odegard@asu.edu.



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