MLB Network Hosts Had Perfect Reactions to Feeling Earthquake on Live TV

MLB Network personalities experienced a shake-up—literally—during Friday's scheduled programming, as a 4.8-magnitude earthquake hit parts of the Northeast, including New York City, Philadelphia and Boston at about 10:23 a.m. ET.

The earthquake, which lasted for about 25 seconds or so, interrupted MLB Network's morning show, MLB Central, prompting host Robert Flores, who wore an expression of surprise on his face, to inquire out loud if they were "having an earthquake."

As the lighthearted music of MLB Central's "Ham&Eggers" segment played, the likes of Flores, Lauren Shehadi, Mark DeRosa and Al Leiter each slowly realized what was happening. Flores then quipped that the group would end up on Awful Announcing.

Flores inquired with the control room, which he noted was shaking due to the earthquake, asking if everyone in the room was alright before the network went to a commercial break.

While the earthquake undoubtedly could have been worse, the personalities on the set of MLB Network clearly handled the scary situation like true professionals.

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Tim Capurso


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