Michele Tafoya has clarified Shohei Ohtani tweet following severe backlashes and according to her, “she did not want the Angels announcers to stop talking about Shohei Ohtani. Rather, she was talking about the physical baseball he hit for his hundredth career home run.”
Tafoya on Saturday tweeted: “@Angels broadcast… Enough with the @Ohtani baseball chatter!!! @BallySportWest”. The New York Post has details;
Tafoya told The Post that she was watching the game with her husband, a former Division 1 baseball player, and son, who plays in high school. They were joking around with each other about how much time the Angels’ telecast spent talking about the actual ball off Ohtani’s bat.
“We were laughing because they did not stop talking about this baseball and how someone brought it to their booth, and people taking pictures of it, and on and on and on and on and on,” she explained.
“We started cracking up. It was like the Tedy Bruschi game. When he came back from a stroke, it was almost the entire four quarters of the football game was about Tedy Bruschi regardless of what was going on on the field. It was just overkill on this baseball in our opinion. I wasn’t upset. It was sort of, ‘Come on you guys!’”
Tafoya’s tweet, though, caused a stir on social media with the assumption being she wanted the telecast to stop discussing one of the most talented and unique players in the game. After speaking with The Post, Tafoya responded to the backlash.
“Really? If you read the tweet again, I said enough with the talk about the Ohtani ‘baseball,” she wrote. “IMHO, the broadcast went overboard showing the actual BALL — maybe more than they showed Ohtani. The home run was fantastic, the coverage of the physical baseball was a little much.”
After leaving NBC Sports, Tafoya has gone FULL MAGA.
Tafoya will announce Monday that she will be the co-chair of a political campaign for businessman and Army veteran Kendall Qualls, who announced in January that he is running as a Republican candidate for governor in Minnesota. She said she plans to make herself available to appear on shows that discuss politics and cultural and social issues found in the front of the newspaper. She will also appear in some form at the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in Orlando in late February.
Tafoya says the original plan at CPAC was for her to interview NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom — the two are still working through schedules given the NBA season and Kanter recently being traded and waived. If the Kanter interview does not come to fruition, Tafoya said she will appear on a panel there. Tafoya says her longer-range goal is to be part of a daily or weekly program in some medium where she discusses politics and her interests beyond sports.
In November, Tafoya appeared on ABC’s “The View” talk show for two days, and her remarks on several topics, including COVID vaccines, critical race theory and Colin Kaepernick, placed her in a spotlight outside of the sports broadcasting arena.
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