Believe it or not, there are some things that trump two college football teams going head-to-head on a Saturday in fall. ESPN believes that one of those things is an Aaron Judge at-bat.
During Saturday’s Clemson-Wake Forest game on ABC and Missouri-Auburn on ESPN, the network briefly switched over to show Judge’s first-inning at-bat against the Boston Red Sox. Judge, sitting on 60 home runs this season, is looking to tie Roger Maris for the New York Yankees’ single-season record.
College football fans, however, do not care at this moment in time. They just want football on their television sets. And ESPN robbed them of that for a moment.
At least for those unhappy fans, Judge’s appearance on their screens was short. He struck out on three pitches leading to the network switching back over to its regular programming.
Alas, it’s not over yet. ESPN announced at halftime that they will show every Judge at-bat for the remainder of the game. God’s sport is officially being messed with.
ESPN Taking Immense Heat for Split-Screening CFB, Aaron Judge
Wake Forest fans have to be the most ticked off bunch seeing how dirty ESPN did them. In what is arguably the biggest game in the history of the program — a home showdown against No. 5 Clemson — the network went to a split-screen of its game and Judge’s second at-bat.
The split-screen just so happened to come as Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman found receiver Donavon Green for a 28-yard score to give the Demon Deacons a 21-20 lead. Rather than hear Sean McDonough’s call, fans were subject to hearing Michael Kay call Judge’s at-bat — a flyout to center.
Fans are growing angrier by the minute, mostly due to being forced into “non-consensual baseball watching,” as one Twitter user said.
I think this sound bite from Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin sums it up pretty well.