Baseball Food Collision: The Boston Massacre
We finish with the greatest intersection of baseball and food in recent history. So good, was this event, that just last month MLB Network dedicated the above 10-minute video to it. It’s certainly worth your time to watch the original video of the incident, even though the video appears to have been shot through a foggy plexiglass window.
It took place Monday, April 16, 2007, on the most Boston of holidays: Patriot’s Day. It’s a day for marathoners, and day drinkers, and Red Sox fans. Two of those three groups came together in spectacular fashion on this day, and simply put, this video has everything one could possibly want from a baseball highlight.
First we get foul ball just barely into the stands. It’s too far into the crowd for Angels’ left fielder Garret Anderson to catch, but close enough for him to try. Because of that we get not one, but two fantastic beer splashes. And then upon the first replay we see the true nature of what has happened. A slice of pizza, origin unknown, enters the frame and slaps a man’s shoulder, leaving behind a fingerprint of marinara. Soon the culprit is identified, and our kerfuffle threatens to become a fracas.
But the best part of the original video is the commentary by Boston’s announcers Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy. They’re learning all the stunning details of this food assault along with us, and provide the sort of detailed replays we expect from a quality television broadcast. Orsillo’s childish giggling gives us life, and Remy pronounces “pizza” with somewhere between two and five Rs. It’s just spectacular.