Los Angeles Dodgers TV reporter David Vassegh injured on Bernie Brewer’s slide

MILWAUKEE — David Vassegh thought it would be good TV to take a ride on Bernie Brewer’s slide before the Los Angeles Dodgers played in Milwaukee Wednesday night.

It didn’t quite go according to plan.

The Dodgers television and radio reporter said he broke two bones in his right wrist and broke six ribs as he tumbled and crashed into the cladding at the end of his slide down “Bernie’s Chalet”, where Brewers mascot Bernie Brewer takes up residence behind the American Family Field stands on left field. Bernie celebrates Milwaukee home runs with rides down the giant white slide.

“I’ll learn not to do my own stunts from now on,” Vassegh joked before the Dodgers’ Thursday afternoon game in Milwaukee.

Vassegh is the host of the “Dodger Talk” show that follows Dodgers radio broadcasts, and he also regularly works as a reporter on Los Angeles broadcasts. He was working in his television capacity when he went down twice about four hours before the Dodgers’ Wednesday night game.

The first time he was filmed at the top of the slide and all went well. Then he went down a second time so he could get footage of him coming down.

Then the problem arose. Vassegh moved sideways and his right arm slammed into the padding.

“Then it went a lot faster,” said Vassegh. “The second time it was a lot slicker. It got a bit out of hand there at the end.”

Vassegh went to an emergency room and was back at work by the fifth inning. Vassegh had his right arm in a sling while conducting a postgame interview with the Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes.

“That one was for you,” Barnes told Vassegh after hitting a home run in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win. “I know you had a little accident on the slide today, so we’ve all gathered for you.”

Vassegh was back at work on Thursday, although he says he will likely undergo surgery when he gets home. He said he had received more than 200 text messages from friends and players since he took his tumble.

“It was an outpouring of support — and comedy at the same time,” Vassegh said.


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