Jackie Bradley Jr.’s mid-game interview got interrupted by a fly ball

The Red Sox centerfielder was still able to run it down.

Fort Myers, FL - 2/21/2019 -  Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) and Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (19).  Day 10 Red Sox Spring Training at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, FL.. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section:  Sports, Reporter:  Peter Abraham, Topic:  22Red Sox, LOID:  8.5.480462370.
Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi and centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. during Spring Training last month. –Barry Chin / The Boston Globe

ESPN’s mid-game Spring Training interviews are becoming quite an eventful tradition.

Red Sox centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was mic’d up Wednesday afternoon for a live interview from the outfield with the broadcast booth during the second inning of the team’s exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The discussion touched on the sunny Florida weather, Bradley’s offseason, and his outfield alignment card.

“It says play this guy right here,” Bradley joked to announcer Alex Rodriguez, just as the crack of the bat sent a fly ball his way.

Despite the wind, the tailing fly ball was soundly within the 28-year-old Gold Glove Award winner’s range.


“Lot of wind,” Rodriguez remarked.

“Lot of sun, too,” Bradley replied.

Still, Bradley’s running catch turned out better than the last time a Red Sox player’s mid-game Spring Training was interrupted by the actual game.

“I ain’t getting this one, boys,” Mookie Betts admitted to the ESPN broadcast last year, as Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant’s triple flew past him.