Fox and/or MLB mentioned Tony Gwynn, a 15-time all-star and baseball Hall of Famer who passed away last month, a grand total of zero times.
The omission was baffling. As Big League Stew’s Kevin Kaduk points out, when Hall of Famer Ted Williams (Gwynn’s close friend) died the week before the 2002 All-Star Game, MLB officials quickly named the game’s MVP award after him. But Gwynn passes away, and gets mentioned less than the children’s movie “Frozen.”
The All-Star Game’s television ratings are in the toilet (though ratings for this year’s game have yet to come out). Tone-deaf broadcasts like this seem like a logical explanation.
After the game, the Padres tweeted out a reminder of what Fox and MLB forgot to mention:
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 16, 2014
The Orioles’ Adam Jones gave his own tribute to Gwynn: