Tony Vitello Trolls Illegal Bat Call with Hilarious ‘Mike Honcho’ Reference

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This weekend’s baseball series in Nashville already has enough drama to last the weekend and it’s only Friday.

During the top of the first inning of the Vols’ game against Vanderbilt, Jordan Beck delivered a home-run shot over the right-field fence right next to the foul pole. As Beck was rounding the bases though, the Vanderbilt catcher noticed an irregularity with Beck’s bat. After a conference between the umpires, Beck’s home run was ruled as an out and his bat was deemed illegal.

Before each college baseball series, every team’s bats are inspected. If they pass the inspection, a sticker is put on the bat with the opposition’s logo signifying it’s legality for the series. According to the television broadcast on Friday, Beck’s bat did not have the proper Vanderbilt sticker, and instead still had the Western Carolina series sticker.

Right as the call was made, Tennessee head coach Tony Vitello was fuming as he made his way out to have a discussion with the umpires.

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A few innings later, Vitello caught up with the broadcasters in the middle of the game and gave his thoughts on what happened.

“I guess the sticker came off during [batting practice],” Vitello said during the interview. “There was no sticker on the bat, you’ve gotta have a sticker. We’ve actually, since I learned that, we’ve got a few bats that somehow, conveniently, the stickers have come off. So I don’t know. I don’t even know that Jordan Beck should be at the University of Tennessee. He forged his transcript. He’s actually a 35-year-old man named Mike Honcho.”

What a deep-cut film reference in the middle of a Top 10 rivalry matchup. Hats off to you, Tony Vitello.

The Mike Honcho reference comes directly out of the 2006 classic Talladega Nights with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. During the movie, Reilly’s character explained a situation in which he used the alias of Mike Honcho while doing a photo shoot.

The game between Tennessee and Vanderbilt is currently ongoing at the time of this publication.

Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.