Los Angeles Dodgers TV reporter David Vassegh says he broke two bones in his right wrist and cracked six ribs when he fell and crashed into the padding at the end of his slide on “Bernie’s Chalet”.
David Vassegh thought it would be good TV to take a spin on Bernie Brewer’s slide before the Los Angeles Dodgers play in Milwaukee on Thursday (New Zealand time.
It didn’t quite go as planned.
The Dodgers TV and radio reporter said he broke two bones in his right wrist and cracked six ribs when he fell and crashed into the padding at the end of his slide over “Bernie’s Chalet,” where Brewers mascot Bernie Brewer sits behind the American. Family Field left field stands. Bernie celebrates the Milwaukee Circuits with runs down the giant white toboggan.
“I’ll learn not to do my own stunts from now on,” Vassegh joked before the Dodgers’ afternoon game in Milwaukee the next day.
Vassegh is the host of “Dodger Talk” which follows Dodgers radio broadcasts and periodically works as a reporter on Los Angeles television broadcasts. He was working on television when he went down the slide twice about four hours before the Dodgers game on Wednesday night.
The first time it was filmed at the top of the slide, and it turned out fine. Then he came back down, so he could get some footage of him going down.
That’s when the problem arose. Vassegh went sideways and his right arm crashed into the padding.
“This time it went much faster,” Vassegh said. “It was much smoother the second time around. This is where it got a bit out of control at the end.
Vassegh checked himself into an urgent care facility and was back at work by the fifth inning. Vassegh had his right arm in a cast as he conducted a postgame interview with Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes.
“That one was for you,” Barnes told Vassegh after homering in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win. “I know you had a little accident today on the slide, so we all pulled together for you.”
Vassegh says he will likely need surgery when he gets home.
Bernie Brewer greeted him with flowers and a sign reading “0 days since last incident”. He also gave Vassegh a “slide instruction manual” which read “It’s really not that hard”.
Vassegh said he has received more than 200 text messages from friends and players since his fall.
“It’s been an outpouring of support – and also comedy at the same time,” Vassegh said.