Chris Archer was in the booth this evening for multiple innings with the ESPN crew covering the AL Wild Card Game, and was part of the pre-game analysis as well.
The praise for his work from the first inning through the fourth was universal from the pundits on twitter, and Archer was trending nationally before the end of the third.
Some iconic moments already stand out, foremost being his discussion on the importance of pitch framing, something Archer called "presenting" the catch to the umpire.
Here's some collected tweets, we'll update with video shortly as we find it.
This is what it looks like when @ChrisArcher42 goes into a trance after giving up a big hit. https://t.co/Lkgd5hwMxL— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) October 6, 2015
If Chris Archer wasn't so good at throwing sliders, he'd instantly be one of the best baseball commentators.— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson35) October 7, 2015
Tremendous job by #Rays @ChrisArcher42 in @espn booth during AL wild-card game - insightful, thoughtful, informative— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 7, 2015
@TBTimes_Rays very impressive.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) October 7, 2015
Great job by @ChrisArcher42 on @MLB #WildCard broadcast...please let me get a few more years in before u take my gig!!!— Dave Wills (@davewills34) October 7, 2015
Man, I need to listen to Chris Archer apparently.— Brian McTaggart ⚾️ (@brianmctaggart) October 7, 2015
Dan Shulman's all "Hey man, I need my job" on Chris Archer.— Ian Casselberry (@iancass) October 7, 2015
Chris Archer is awesome. He's awesome on the mound. He has an awesome slider but he's just as awesome talking baseball. LOVES the game.— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) October 7, 2015
Dude, Chris Archer asked to "please" stay? The pleasure is ours! Game is in such good hands, so many quality dudes and young stars.— John Manuel (@johnmanuelba) October 7, 2015
Chris Archer is 1 of the 10-12 best pitchers on Earth, and might also be 1 of the 10-12 baseball commentators on Earth. What a jerk.— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) October 7, 2015
Thanks to @RaysBaseball's @ChrisArcher42 for joining us on the broadcast tonight. Well done sir. #Wildcard pic.twitter.com/dFJMQbRN4z— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) October 7, 2015
.@ChrisArcher42 @RaysBaseball great addition in the booth @espn @ESPNBaseball— MLBPA (@MLB_PLAYERS) October 7, 2015
My boy @ChrisArcher42 stealing commentary jobs tonight! #Insight #TheBest #ISeeYou— Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) October 7, 2015
Really solid ESPN broadcast tonight - it's been really pleasant listening to @jessmendoza the last few months, and Chris Archer was great.— Emma Span (@emmaspan) October 7, 2015
Chris Archer is the future of both baseball and hair pic.twitter.com/S796RaSuSs— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) October 7, 2015
Dude, @ChrisArcher42 is killing it. Solid analysis. Great insights. My hero.— Dirk Hayhurst (@TheGarfoose) October 7, 2015
Tough news for the Rays: Chris Archer is never allowed to pitch again because he's the new all-time announcer for every game.— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) October 7, 2015
.@ChrisArcher42, who is commenting, is one of the next great pitchers in baseball. @kingsthings #WildCard— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) October 7, 2015
And maybe best of all?
Haha. People hating on my non sock game. It's called swag guys. Sorry. Lol. Jk. Love you all— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher42) October 6, 2015