It's not unusual to see Weiner on CNN talking Washington politics or on Fox News getting into heated debates with the more right-leaning members of the news corps. Heck, he even made an appearance on The Daily Show, trading quips and one-liners with host Jon Stewart, who once shared a Manhattan domicile with Stewart when the pair were relative unknowns.
But we never in a million years expected Anthony Weiner to turn up on ESPN's Sportscenter, and definitely not during the sports news show's daily installment of the Top 10 Plays.
But there we were last Wednesday morning eating breakfast, and nearly choked on a piece of bacon when we heard the anchor announce that the #9 play of the day (watch) featured none other than the New York congressman.
Weiner was playing left field in a friendly charity baseball game between Republicans and Democrats when a deep fly ball chased him back to the warning track. Weiner had to get on his horse, and he made a nifty over-the-shoulder catch worthy of some of MLB's all-star outfielders. The congressman then turned and fired the ball in to the cut-off man. (Okay, the catch was nice, but the throw back in was most definitely not pro-worthy. We think the congressman needs to work on his arm a bit.)
Weiner, ever the center of attention, then made a fake gun with his hand, pretended to blow the smoke from the barrel, and then shoved in back into his hip holster. We don't have any idea what that has to do with baseball, but it looked good.
Now, we're pretty sure that ESPN didn't have a film crew at the game, so were not sure how the station got footage of the congressman' catch. We think Weiner himself might have had sent the grainy footage over himself. Crafty.
Of interest was the intro to Weiner's catch. The first time we watched it (yes, we had to watch it twice to believe our eyes!) they introduced him as “Congress Anthony Weiner (pronounced Whiner) from New York.” Somebody must have informed them of their mistake, because the second time around they pronounced it right.
The correction in turn made a perfect segue from play #10, which was an in-studio hot dog eating contest featuring the Nathan's Hot Dog eating champion Joey Chestnut. This time around, the anchor slyly added, “and speaking of hot dogs, how about this catch from Anthony Weiner...” before showing the congressman's catch.
Ah, hot dog jokes at the expense of Weiner's last name - they never get old.