Q: If Phil Mushnick and Fran Healy were to battle with axes, who would be the winner?
A: The sports fans of New York City.
While we bust Fran Healy’s chops in this column, Tuesday night on MSG Network the veteran baseball broadcaster and ex-major league catcher, all kidding aside, made broadcasting history. He provided the worst on-air misread of an in-game happenstance, ever.
Pedro Martinez, pitching at home, had a no-hitter through 61/3innings when Chris Burke, a relatively anonymous Astros’ rookie from Louisville, hit a home run.
As Burke circled the bases, the crowd at Shea began to applaud. That applause grew to a loud, standing ovation. Healy heard it, saw it, then said:
“Chris Burke is getting a nice ovation from the crowd. They’re playing away, and he gets a nice hand.”
In Latin, the phrase is res ipsa loquitur, meaning: no further explanation is needed; it speaks for itself.
I dunno, perhaps Healy has a more sophisticated sense of humor than we noticed previously?