So, for everyone asking about what in the hell happened to Dave Barnett during the bottom of the eighth inning of Monday night's Rangers/Padres telecast, here is the raw audio of what can only be described as an unintelligible string of words, where Barnett begins rambling about the go-ahead run being on fifth base and a botched robbery and henchmen and other stuff that makes zero sense within the context of a baseball telecast:
It sounds like the FSNSW production crew cut Barnett's mic off once they realized that something was very wrong, and from that point onward, Barnett sounded normal -- I mean, normal by his standards at the very least. Even before this occurred, I was contemplating writing another post about the overall weirdness of this particular telecast ("long knockers?" huh?), but this is obviously something that merits particular highlighting, because he either got completely and utterly tongue-tied or, in that moment, was afflicted by a medical condition of some sort that affected him on a neurological level. I may not be much of a fan of Barnett's play-by-play work, but I would never, ever make light of a health problem.
@KyleMizen on Twitter pointed out this article on the infamous incident where a Los Angeles TV reporter doing a live spot during the Grammys began talking complete gibberish, and that incident ended up being traced back to what doctors called a "complex migraine or complicated migraine ... a migraine associated with neurological signs and symptoms which simulate a stroke." I do hope that Barnett was affected by nothing more serious than a headache, and it has to be considered a good sign that he seemed okay after that occurred ... but, yeah. Very, very strange stuff.