Sports in the middle of a pandemic have been different, to say the least. There are no fans in the stands, so teams and broadcasters have had to resort to using cardboard cutouts (or even virtual fans) and simulated crowd noise to create something that resembles a normal atmosphere.
Right now, one of the only elements of the in-game experience that baseball has left is the organist. Now, this may not seem like a big deal. Most of the time you don’t really pay much attention to what they’re playing – it’s basically just background noise, something that we’re all used to hearing but not really listening to.
But every once in awhile, you get some A+ trolling from the ol’ organist. A good organist or sound guy can really get into the heads of the opposing team (or the umpires – like when the Cubs sound guy was actually ejected for trolling the umpires with “Three Blind Mice.”)
Well, add the Braves’ organist to the list of hall of fame trolls in baseball.
In case you missed it, Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire was arrested earlier this year when he was caught jerking it in a shopping center parking lot near the team’s spring training facility. And earlier this week, video of the bust was released, showing McGuire telling police that he was “an idiot” and that he had been checking to make sure that no one was looking. Police were also confused about the public jerk session because McGuire had a nearby apartment where he could have gone to take care of business in private. He eventually pleaded no contest and was fined $450, a stroke of good luck for the catcher who was facing a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Fast forward to last night. Braves vs. Blue Jays in Atlanta. Reese McGuire is next up to bat, no doubt still embarrassed that video of his public masturbation arrest has just gone viral. Surely he was hoping to walk up to the plate and just forget about it and get back to business.
Nah. The Braves’ organist wasn’t going to let him forget this one.
LMAO the Braves organist just played the song “beat it” while Reese McGuire walked up to the plate. The troll job of the century pic.twitter.com/Sfq1czkLeY
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