Red Sox broadcaster under fire for mocking Farhan Zaidi’s name


Red Sox broadcaster Sean McDonough is heating up for making a joke about the name of San Francisco Giants executive Farhan Zaidi.

The Red Sox may be considering their ALDS streak against the Rays, but broadcaster Sean McDonough has a few excuses to make before that.

During Tuesday night’s wildcard game between Boston and New York, McDonough made a questionable joke about the name of Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

Red Sox broadcaster Sean McDonough mocked Farhan Zaidi’s name

The audio includes an exchange between McDonough and fellow broadcaster Will Flemming. The former asked the latter about San Francisco’s impressive 107-game winning season. Flemming, who is the brother of Giants broadcaster Dave Flemming, said the only ones who could have seen this coming were Zaidi and manager Gabe Kapler.

“Their CEO’s name is ‘High Anxiety’? McDonough joked.

After Flemming corrected the pronunciation of Zaidi’s name, the conversation continued but some of those who listened immediately bristled.

McDonough’s joke wasn’t funny at best and to the detriment of a foreign sounding name. He never should have.

Does the incident warrant anything other than a reprimand and an apology? Probably not. McDonough should admit the misstep and admit that it was in bad taste. The sooner he does, the sooner everyone can focus on the playoffs.



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