Inviting Jeff McNeil to be mic’d up for Sunday Night Baseball is like hiring Andrew Dice Clay for a baby shower. New York Mets fans know how foul-mouthed McNeil can get out of frustration. When things are going poorly for the reigning batting champion, he can make a sailor blush.
McNeil will be the star of the show on Sunday night when the Mets look to complete their series against the Cleveland Guardians. The board operators or whoever has the duty of having their finger on the dump button will be prepared. McNeil isn’t shy about going beyond PG-13 over the course of a game.
In preparation, let’s set an over/under on how many times McNeil tests the FCC.
Will mic’d up NY Mets infielder Jeff McNeil go over 2.5 bleeps?
Over the course of a 9 inning game, 2.5 seems like a fair amount. McNeil should get at least 4 trips to the plate. We could play just about anywhere in the field—an attribute of his we love. There could be a play or two where a miscommunication occurs and we have to explain something to our children.
In setting the over/under at 2.5, we do need some ground rules. Whether the word is bleeped or not, it counts.
Exactly which words might depend on what part of the world you grew up in. George Carlin’s list of seven words might be the ones to use although humans have gotten more creative in the years since. And surely, with McNeil’s own experience on the golf course, he has unleashed some untraditional swears when shanking a drive.
At 2.5, the “under” sounds like the winner. McNeil will know he’s mic’d up and it could have him choosing to go with “fiddlesticks” as the harshest word to come out of his mouth. Because the Mets are doing well and so is he, frustration isn’t at a boiling point. Under different circumstances, such as him not knowing all ears are listening in, bettering the “over” would probably be the way to go.