Mark Grace was the definition of a professional hitter — as his .303 average and .825 career OPS would indicate — and a three-time gold glove winner during his 16 big-league seasons. Now imagine how much better those credentials could be if he possessed the power to foretell the future like he did while broadcasting Arizona's 11-3 victory in Arlington on Thursday night.
With Jason Kubel at the plate in the second inning, and Texas Rangers starter Scott Feldman entering into his delivery, Grace, now the color analyst for Diamondbacks games on Fox Sports Arizona, casually informed the viewing audience they were about to witness a home run.
Here's video of the result:
Well played, Mr. Grace. Well played. And hats off to his broadcast partner Daron Sutton for his prediction that we'd see his video all over the networks and Internet come Friday morning. They're both 1-for-1.
Grace never explained why he had that hunch, but this isn't the first time a broadcaster has predicted good fortune for his squad. In fact, just last season Minnesota Twins play-by-play man Dick Bremer randomly predicted a home run for the light-hitting Luke Hughes, who hadn't reached the seats in nearly two months at that point. (It's also worth noting that we never write posts for the dozens of times that a broadcaster predicts a homer and gets a groundout to third instead.)
Predicting a homer for Luke Hughes is going out much further on the limb than predicting one for a slugger like Jason Kubel, but I must say Grace's perfect timing and nonchalent delivery, along with the subdued description by the always excitable Sutton, make this one of the more entertaining calls I've heard all season.