Both Christian Yelich and Brent Suter have been mic’d up in the last two games in the “Blue and Gold” series for the Milwaukee Brewers. What players do we want to see mic’d up moving forward?
In Game 1 of the Brewers scrimmage series, Christian Yelich was mic’d up and was constantly self-deprecating and cursing at himself. That made for a fun time.
Then in Game 2, Brent Suter was mic’d up and he was energetic for every at-bat, plus he provided impressions of Jim Carrey and third base coach Ed Sedar. Sedar himself will be mic’d up for Game 3 on Thursday night.
What other players do we want to see mic’d up on broadcasts throughout the season? Here are five of them.
1. Brock Holt
A recently acquired Brewer, Brock Holt is at the top of the list of players we’d like to see mic’d up for a game. He’s got a great personality, a great sense of humor, and was a fan favorite back in Boston.
Being able to hear what he’s thinking about during the game and taking questions from fans and the announcers would be fun. I think he would have some great stories to tell and have some great commentary while the game is going on. Holt has a personality that just brings people together and that would shine while he’s mic’d up.
2. Logan Morrison
Logan Morrison‘s quite literally in the best shape of his life and he’s been of popular interest within the Brewers community, so hearing what LoMo has to say about the games and what its like being a Brewer would be interesting and fun to hear.
I think he’s got a great sense of humor as well, so it wouldn’t be a boring game if Morrison was mic’d up. He has a fun and lively personality on social media, making fun of some of his old teams and reviewing coffee shops each day. Putting him on the mic would be a laugh riot.
3. Lorenzo Cain
The dude’s got three kids, I’m sure he’s got stories to tell. The Gold Glove winner seems to be one that really gets engaged with the game once it’s going. It would be fun to hear what his reaction is after he goes back to the wall and makes one of his winning catches. A simple “Not today” would do the trick.
4. Ryan Braun
Mic’ing up this former MVP would be awesome. Giving Ryan Braun a chance to tell the audience listening how he’s feeling during a game as it’s in action and give the fans sort of a first person experience of what’s going on from the perspective of one of the team’s best players in history. He has plenty of stories from his 13 seasons as a Brewer.
Being able to do a Zoom Q&A like the Brewers have been doing with Yelich and Suter being mic’d up would be an awesome chance to let fans ask Braun some questions they’ve been dying to get answered.
5. Freddy Peralta
I’ve always wondered what goes through the mind of a pitcher when they’re on the mound and preparing themselves to throw that first pitch. Mic’ing up Peralta could be a great idea; Fans would be able to hear that first person point of view on the mound and hear little inside discussions when there’s the quick trip to the mound during games. Freddy Peralta seems like he would be a fun guy to chat with and hear what he has to say about games and the season.
While it’s unlikely Peralta or any other pitcher would agree to have a conversation with the broadcast booth while they are pitching, it would be really cool. At the very least, he could be mic’d up just in the dugout like Brent Suter was on Wednesday.
No matter who’s mic’d up, they are sure to bring a good time for the fans watching the games at home. Since there’s no fan interaction at the ballpark, I’m sure the players appreciate being able to somewhat interact with fans and know that the fans are watching and listening from their homes and wishing they could be in the ballpark. This is something MLB should do more often with teams. If this became a season-long thing, it would make the game of baseball even more fun to watch.