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Jennie Finch embarrasses ESPN anchor Jay Crawford

September 25, 2009 |  3:26 am


Evidently Jay Crawford, a co-host of ESPN's "First Take" morning show, decided he'd take on all-world softball pitcher Jennie Finch. She's the tall, blond fireballer who has been a Team USA starter for several years, during which she's windmilled her way past several major leaguers.

Crawford didn't fare too well, as you can see in this video. He fouled off an early swing, whiffed on a bunt attempt and managed one infield grounder. Crawford claimed he would have beaten it out with his Usain Bolt speed. Finch scoffed at the suggestion -- not sure if it was in regard to the Bolt speed or beating it out.

Crawford, who went to Bowling Green, supposedly pitched some minor league ball with an independent club in 2005. And he did take mighty cuts at the plate. In slow-pitch softball terms, it looks as if he could launch a bomb or two. In fast-pitch terms, there's a huge hole in his swing. Or Jennie Finch is really good.

-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Jennie Finch celebrates with son Ace after Team USA won the World Cup of Softball this summer. Credit: Associated Press