Dodgers announcer’s son trolling Orel Hershiser is gold
By Adam Weinrib
Dodgers fans everywhere could use a pick-me-up after a mind-numbing first game in which the cardinal rule of baseball was broken: never run past anyone. Ever. Under any circumstances.
Luckily, we’ve got just the balm for your still-gaping mental wound.
Of the many things the Dodgers boast the best of across Major League Baseball, it’s possible the announcing team has created the furthest distance from its competition. Fans have been lucky enough (when the games are televised, of course) to be blessed with a seamless transition between Vin Scully, the greatest in the game’s long history, and Joe Davis on play-by-play, an extremely capable narrator who’s only 33.
Turns out Davis’ family bleeds Dodger Blue, too. All the way down.
Ahead of the season’s first pitch, it seems the broadcast team gathered at Davis’ home, and Dodgers legend and current color man Orel Hershiser got a chance at some serious bonding time with the youngest Davis, Blake.
Thanks to a helpful nudge from his papa, the interaction did not go well.
Dodgers announcer Joe Davis’ son Blake hates the San Francisco Giants.
Yes, young Blake Davis already has the perfect intrinsic reaction to learning that someone is affiliated with the San Francisco Giants. I mean, look at that. Just a complete reflex.
Hershiser, of course, was only a Giant in one season: 1998, when he was still trying to hang on at age 39. Somehow still extremely underrated, the the righty posted a 4.41 ERA in 202 innings pitched at the height of the steroid era.
200+ wins, a career ERA of 3.48 … where’s the Hershiser Hall of Fame buzz? Is Blake Davis the Hall’s entire new governing body? Something’s missing.
Just because this broadcast team has fun, though, does not mean that they also can’t pivot and treat Dodgers history with the proper gravitas.
In case you missed it, the season began with a solemn tribute to those who used to be the life of the party.
Despite an Opening Day setback, this 2021 campaign is still poised to be an historic one in Southern California.
So make sure your kids are watching. And make sure they’ve got their colors right.