During a pre-game segment called "Pick to Click", some of the announcers are able to make their prediction about who will "click" during the upcoming game. Mike chose Matt Tuiasosopo, who was recently called up from the minors.
When making his prediction, he said that Tuiasosopo had been swinging the bat well and was going to get his first major league home run that day. The original prediction was that Tui would get into a favorable count and hit a home run to left-center field, maybe reaching the second deck.
Things got a little out of hand as the conversation continued, with Blowers predicting that Tui would get to a 3-1 count in his second at bat of the day, then he would get a fastball, and put it into the second deck in left-center field.
During his second at bat, Seattle's hall-of-fame baseball announcer Dave Neihaus calling the action:
"Left-hander's 2-1 pitch, and that's inside, Ball 3!!!"
"3 balls...I've never been so excited on a 3-1 count in my life!"
"3-1 pitch on the way."
"SWUNG ON AND BELTED, DEEP TO LEFT FIELD. IT JUST MISSED THE SECOND DECK. FLY, FLY, FLY AWAY. I DON'T BELIEVE IT!!!"
You can hear another announcer giggling uncontrollably the entire time this was happening. Although the ball didn't quite make it to the second deck, it was a pretty amazing prediction. Wow!!
The call was featured on the Rachel Maddow show the other night. Here is a link to the youtube video of the clip from her show.
For those of you that want to listen to the clip without the obvious liberal bias associated with any MSNBC show, here is a link to an audio-only story about the call, embellished by New York Vinnie, a Seattle radio and television personality.
For a more bare-bones audio, you can hear both the prediction and the call at Shannon Drayer's blog here.
Was this a wild shot in the dark that hit the bulls eye? Maybe.
Was this just an experienced analyst making a lucky, educated guess? Perhaps.
Was this a flash of psychic ability from the Twilight Zone? Possibly.
Was this freakish, weird, and amazing? Absolutely.