1 Let me start by pulling back the curtain on you guys.
Those of us in the content business love scandalous stories. The more scandalous, the better. Reds outfielder Tommy Pham beats Jock Pederson of the Giants during a fantasy football beef training bout as scandalous as it gets.
There were only two problems: 1) We do not approve of violence and 2) This story happened at the beginning of a long holiday weekend and we could not take advantage of the maximum traffic. Despite these two questions, it will still remain one of the most memorable sports stories of 2022.
In case you missed, Pham faced – and then hit – Pederson in the field before Friday’s game in Cincinnati.
Since the internet never disappoints, we also have a version of the video called by Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.
At first no one knew what caused Pham’s moment with Will Smith.
Then the news broke: Pham was angry about something related to fantasy football.
This information took history to another level. However, Pederson is the one who made this one of the most legendary sports stories in recent times, giving two unusual interviews.
The precision and detail presented by Pederson was impressive. It kept you locked in every word of every ridiculous story. Players don’t give you that much information after winning Game 7 of the World Series.
First, Pederson explained that Pham believed Pederson was “cheating” by manipulating the wire of refusal.
Then, in another interview, Pederson explained that Pham was upset by Pederson’s GIF sent to the league’s group chat. He even pulled out his phone to show reporters what he said.
Let’s just call it now, “It’s true, I sent a GIF that makes fun of Padres, and if I hurt someone’s feelings, I apologize for it,” is one of the great sports quotes of all time.
Pham tried to give us his side of the story, which made absolutely no sense.
We also learned that Pham eventually left this league just weeks after the NFL season, which is a HUGE no-no in the world of fantasy sports.
Naturally, Twitter and others had a field day with this story. Some of the highlights:
The Mets jumped into battle, taunting Pham and Pedereson on their scoreboard during Saturday’s game.
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A Phillies broadcaster also joined the action after Pederson was hit from the pitch during Saturday’s game:
I’ve never seen this video of Pham before and it’s just amazing:
Some more good tweets from the Pederson-Pham saga:
I stopped playing fantasy football about five or six years ago and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life, but I’ll be honest: the events of this weekend gave me a small case of FOMO.
2. ESPN’s Richard Jefferson may be the best colleague in the world,
3. Nick Castellanos did it again this weekend. Phyllis’ hitter has the strangest skill of any athlete today: he breaks dark / important moments with a home run.
This happened for the first time when the Reds broadcaster was in the middle of an apology for using anti-gay insults during a game.
On Monday, Castellanos is courting in memory of Remembrance Day.
4. AEW’s Brian Danielson (also known as Daniel Brian) has a good taste in karaoke music.
5. Derek Jeter joined Twitter this morning, which is great for people in the content game. However, as a die-hard Jeter fan, it saddens me that he succumbed to this cesspool. He obviously joined for business reasons, but I would like to stay away.
6. This week Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Train includes an interview with Joe Davis of Fox Sports.
Davis talks about taking on this season for Joe Buck as the lead voice of Fox’s Major League Baseball at just 34 years old. Davis is also talking about becoming a leading Dodgers player after Vin Scully retires and how that will help him replace Buck. The versatile TV operator is also discussing being in the mix for No. 2 NFL work on Fox as Kevin Burkhard moves to slot number 1.
Davis also explains the differences between calling baseball and football, why it’s important for the cabin to have fun and how important it is for him to call World Series.
The interview ends with a conversation about Davis’ love of grilling.
You can listen to the podcast below or download it from Apple, Spotify and Google.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: I watched the interview in the first minute and 10 seconds of this video of comedian Bo Burnham this weekend and I can’t stop thinking about it.
Be sure of catch up on past editions of Traina Thoughts and check Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Train Apple, Spotify or Google. You can also follow Jimmy Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.