Shoutout to Los Angeles Dodgers reporter David Vassegh. Not only did he brave the waters that only Milwaukee Brewers mascot Bernie conquers on a daily basis, but he was able to laugh off a fairly scary incident on Wednesday at American Family Field.
Before LA’s series finale against the Brewers, Vassegh, who was doing some necessary boots-on-the-ground reporting, took a plunge and rode Bernie Brewer’s slide. Unfortunately for him, his lack of experience may result in a media IL stint.
Vassegh, in what was supposed to be a fun snippet for the LA media, absolutely FLEW down the slide and his momentum coming around the final bend sent him crashing into a wall a few feet in front of where he was deposited at the bottom.
As he screamed “Holy crap! Holy CRAP! HOLY CRAP!” on the way down, Vassegh turned his body in an attempt to absorb the blow, but unfortunately that resulted in multiple cracked ribs and a fractured hand/wrist.
In the broadcast booth, Joe Davis and Nomar Garciaparra could hardly keep it together. Their emotions left them no choice but to laugh at their coworker … but in the best way possible.
Dodgers reporter David Vassegh injures himself on Brewers slide
Vassegh vehemently denied he’d be hitting the injured list and actually powered through the day. Equipped with a cast, Vassegh checked in with the Dodgers booth after his injury to recap the wild moment and then conducted his usual postgame interviews.
Following the Dodgers’ 2-1 win, he caught up with backup catcher Austin Barnes, whose go-ahead solo home run in the sixth inning was the difference after the offense was largely silent on the evening.
A somewhat scary moment turned into the stuff of legends for folks in the media, with Vassegh powering through a day on the job with just one arm and trouble breathing due to the rib injuries.
Now all that’s left to ask is what’s funnier: Vassegh’s tryout for America’s Funniest Home Videos or the Padres continuing to melt down despite one of the best trade deadlines of all time?