Dodgers Announcer Didn't Understand His Own 'Mercury Retrograde' Reference

Joe Davis made a call in the heat of the moment on Friday night that confused everybody, even himself.

Joe Davis, Spectrum SportsNet's play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, had baseball fans completely confused by a tense eighth inning moment during Friday night's contest between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres.

With the score tied at seven, Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor hit a rope down the third base line that snuck under the glove of Padres third baseman Tyler Wade.

What came next was total confusion:

"It gets under the glove of Wade. Mercury Retrograde!" Davis exclaimed.

Davis's broadcasting partner Eric Karros chuckled in laughter, before Davis chimed back in.

"Whatever that means. Go-ahead run is aboard here in the eighth."

As it turns out, a planet in retrograde means that "from the perspective of earth, a planet's motion across the sky goes backwards night after night compared to its usual direction for a period of time." This phenomenon happens to Mercury three or four times per year.

Now Davis, Karros and baseball fans everywhere have familiarized themselves with a solar system concept that non-astronomers likely knew very little about.

Who knew that the lesson would come as a result of an April baseball game between the Dodgers and the Padres?

San Diego won the game 8-7 in extra innings.

Mike McDaniel


Mike McDaniel is a writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated, where he has worked since January 2022. His work has been featured at, SB Nation, FanSided, and more. Mike hosts the Hokie Hangover Podcast, covering Virginia Tech athletics, as well as Basketball Conference: The ACC Football Podcast. Outside of his professional life, he is a husband, father, and an avid golfer.