Total madness ensued in the broadcast booth after Gleyber Torres mashed more homers against the Orioles
At some point, you have to laugh. That's pretty much the perspective of Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne this season regarding Gleyber Torres, the Yankees' 22-year-old infield phenom. As division rivals, the two teams have played each other roughly 5,000 times already this season, and Torres' emergence has helped push the Yankees' offense to "yeah, good luck pitching to any of 'em" status.
And in their head-to-head matchups this season, Torres has crushed 13 homers against O's pitching, out of his 26 to date. I'm not great with math, but that's 50 percent of his home runs, against one team and one pitching staff of guys who have to be tired of seeing him dig in at the batter's box.
In the second game of Monday's doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, Torres swatted two more homers, because of course he did. This came after he hit one in the first game, naturally. At this point, both the Orioles AND Yankees broadcast crews have pretty much lost their minds.
In the MASN booth, Thorne was at a loss for words, just laughing as the ball sailed over the fence. Paul O'Neill left the Yankees booth, meanwhile, to share in the nonsense with Thorne.
What on earth is even happening with this? How is this possible?
.@TorresGleyber has THIRTEEN homers vs. the Orioles. That is:— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) August 13, 2019
-The most any player has vs. any opponent in the divisional era.
-One shy of the all-time record of 14 (Lou Gehrig vs. Cleveland in 1936)
These are broadcasters of esteem, experience and skill. They're pros. And yet, here they are, relegated to fits of insanity as Torres' incomprehensible home run barrage just keeps going, day after day, game after game.
Back in May, as Torres' ownage of the Orioles became a running story that wouldn't die, Thorne had already pretty much had it with this business.
Fast-forward three months and 15 Torres homers later (six of those new blasts against Baltimore), it's still there. And Thorne's still had it with Torres home runs, though now he's transitioned from frustration to laughter.
It's good to laugh. Laughing is cathartic. Laughing helps us make sense of the confusing, it comforts us in times of bewilderment and, frankly, it's better than just a generic "line drive to left field, that one's gone" home run call anyway.
Adrian Garro joined MLB.com in 2016. Throughout his travels, both Bartolo Colon and Vin Scully have placed their hands on his shoulders. Not at the same time, though. That'd be amazing.