Seattle Mariners new star outfielder Jesse Winker will be sticking to baseball. Was there really any doubt of him leaving the game? No, but he did try his hand at broadcasting in a recent Spring Training affair. And let’s just say that it did not go according to plan.
Jesse Winker joins the broadcast and everything goes wrong immediately. pic.twitter.com/1gWS0Xwrki
— Gravel (@Gravel_sense) March 28, 2022
Winker joined the Mariners broadcast for an interview. However, Winker told the broadcasters that he was going to show them how it was done. With RHP Paul Sewald on the mound, Winker began his play-by-play session by calling a strike to start off the at-bat. But it was what ensued that stole the show.
Sewald surrendered a home run on the very next pitch and Winker immediately fell silent while one of the Mariners announcers exclaimed, “Jesse, what did you do!”
Winker replied by stating he would not be broadcasting anymore and changed the subject with a guilty half-smile on his face. The moment was pure comedy, but it is safe to say that Winker will not be joining any broadcast teams in the near future.
The outfielder is fresh off of a breakout campaign that saw him hit .305 with 24 home runs for the Cincinnati Reds. He was traded during the offseason with Eugenio Suarez to the Mariners as Seattle looks to break their league leading 20-year postseason drought. The addition of Winker will undoubtedly help them make a playoff run after just falling short in 2021.
But for now, Jesse Winker might owe Paul Sewald an apology after jinxing Sewald’s surrendered home run.