Tim Kurkjian is going on his fourteenth season as one of ESPN’s notable baseball reporters. Coupled with his work as senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, chances are, if you’re a baseball player, Kurkjian is likely hard to ignore.
Such was the case at the Toronto Blue Jays’ spring training camp in Dunedin, Florida.
Or at least it sounded that way.
Filing a report from Dunedin for ESPN, former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona was unsuccessful in location Kurkjian.
“I think I found his stand-in,” Francona told viewers, as the camera panned back to his guest, Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, who is going to start his second full season in the majors.
“Tito, it’s great to have you out here in Blue Jay camp,” said Arencibia in his best, high-pitched impression of Kurkjian. Francona could barely keep a straight face during the piece, prompting him to signal back to the studio, ending the report.
On the video posted on ESPN’s YouTube page, you can see the real Tim Kurkjian’s reaction to Arencibia’s Kurkjian simultaneously.
Afterward, Francona finally caught up with the real Kurkjian for his thoughts on the Blue Jays catcher’s homage to him.
“That was the stupidest thing I’ve ever been a part of,” Kurkjian complained. “He did it right in front of everyone in the clubhouse today!”
Kurkjian was quite concerned about the raspily shrill nature of Arencibia’s impression. “What am I, twelve years old?”
“I am, I know that,” Francona replied.
Was J.P. spot-on with his impersonation? After you watch it, compare it with this random Kurkjian interview conducted last year.
All in all, it doesn’t sound like anything for Kurkjian to be ashamed of.
“My career is over.”
But the fun is just beginning.