New Cody Decker Film Pokes Fun At ESPN and His Early Baseball Career
Opening Day in the Minor Leagues is here and it is the first time in three seasons that Cody Decker will not be wearing an El Paso Chihuahuas jersey. During the offseason, the 29-year old utility man signed a free agent Minor League contract with the Kansas City Royals, and he will begin the 2016 baseball season as a member of the Omaha Stormchasers. Despite Decker's new ballclub, some things never change, especially his great films. The latest was released earlier this morning and titled "E59 - The Play That Never Happened."
In the seven minute video, the ESPN E59 team relives a game from May 2012 when Decker was playing for San Antonio in the Texas League. The Missions were getting destroyed by the Corpus Christi Hooks when Decker caught a routine fly ball out and tossed it to a fan in right field thinking it was the last out of the inning. What he failed to realize at the time was that there was only one out when he caught the ball and all three runners on base came around to score. The play features audio from former El Paso Diablos radio voice Matt Hicks, who is now a member of the Texas Rangers radio team. Four year ago, Hicks was working for the Hooks as their Director of Broadcasting, and he also thought that Decker's catch had ended the inning.
What makes "E59 - The Play That Never Happened" so great is all the cameo appearances, including Peter Gammons, Keith Olbermann, Jeff Francouer, and Nick Swisher. There are also many hidden Chihuahuas references throughout the video. The film also does a great job making fun of ESPN's E60 newsmagazine and the network's many on-air personalities.
Decker had another strong Spring Training with the Royals and he was among the team's final cuts as they trimmed their roster to 25 players. Royals manager Ned Yost was impressed with Decker's bat and versatility and he has positioned himself to be one of the team's first call-ups if any of the regulars get injured. Although many Chihuahuas fans will miss #14, his new organization gives him a fresh start and hopefully a quick path back to the big leagues.