ESPN’s mistake – and Trevor Bauer’s decision to make light of the situation – led to him being without a phone for most of a day.
The Reds’ pitcher had his number accidentally shown during an ESPN broadcast of the Korean Baseball Organization when he was being interviewed over FaceTime on Sunday morning. Bauer shared the screenshot that showed his phone number and said the rules for a giveaway, offering a pair of signed cleats and autographed baseball, could be found on his voicemail.
But the move backfired.
“I think I have 12,000 unread messages right now in my text,” Bauer said on CBS’ “Tiki and Tierney” on Thursday. “I had to turn FaceTime off because I literally tried for eight hours straight to shut my phone down. Every time I would try to shut it down, a new FaceTime call would come in and keep resetting it, so I literally couldn’t do anything with my phone for 8 hours, it was just piping hot.
“I have no idea how many calls and FaceTimes. There’s been WhatsApp audio and Venmo… anything that my number has been linked to has just been blowing up.”