TikTok sleuth shows baseball footage from 'The Office' was likely 1992 Bisons game

TikTok sleuth reveals baseball footage from ‘The Workplace’ was possible 1992 Bisons sport

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BUFFALO, NY (MB) — A TikTok person and sports activities fan, who investigates obscure sports activities clips that seem within the background of TV reveals and movies, just lately found {that a} scene from a season 5 episode of “The Workplace” contains a clip that’s possible from a 1992 Buffalo Bisons-Louisville Redbirds sport.

Ian Araujo creates TikTok movies about sports activities and has gained recognition for breaking down his step-by-step means of figuring out the place these “background” sporting occasions occurred.

He has investigated quite a lot of sporting occasions in reveals together with “Daredevil,” “Fits” and “The Sopranos.” He is additionally sleuthed the origin of a soccer sport that appeared within the film “Black Widow” and a basketball sport from a Buffalo Wild Wings business.

The “Workplace” episode in query for his newest video is season 5, episode one, “Weight Loss.” In a scene displaying John Krasinski’s Jim visiting Jenna Fischer’s Pam at artwork faculty, Jim watches baseball within the widespread room of Pam’s dorm, whereas Pam consoles a fellow resident.

The sport shows Doggers vs. Diamondbacks within the rating bug, however that was decided to be a element that was added in by folks engaged on the present, relatively than a official element from the unique clip.

Stephen Nesbitt of The Athletic joined Araujo to doc the rigorous course of he makes use of to analyze these area of interest sports activities moments for his web page.

Araujo and Nesbitt first picked aside what they knew: from the logos on the hats, to the numbers on the gamers’ jerseys, to the all-red seats within the stands.

After a protracted investigation, Araujo decided it was a June 2, 1992 sport between the Bisons and Redbirds at what was then Pilot Discipline. The Bisons have been the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AAA affiliate on the time, whereas the Redbirds — who now go by the identify Louisville Bats — have been the St. Louis Cardinals affiliate.

The Redbirds prevailed in that sport, 4-1.

On the finish of Araujo’s evaluation, Araujo mentioned he was 99% assured it was the precise sport, based on Nesbitt. Although Nesbitt mentioned he nonetheless needed to exhaust each choice to show or disprove it was the sport.

Lengthy sleeves, bunting on the partitions and gamers’ heights have been referred to as into query, however on the finish of Nesbitt’s prolonged investigation, during which he consulted Michael Schur, producer for “The Workplace,” amongst others, it was decided the Bisons-Redbirds sport in ’92 was possible nonetheless the precise reply.

Araujo concluded the TikTok by asking the Bisons, the Bats and/or Minor League Baseball to launch the footage — if they’ve it.

The Louisville Redbirds replied to the TikTok. “Unlucky information… we do not have the tapes,” they mentioned.

The Bisons instructed Minus Better Araujo’s breakdown of the footage was spectacular, and in addition commented on the TikTok, saying, “brb going to examine the archives.”

Even the account belonging to “The Workplace” replied with a shocked face emoji.

The Bisons additionally confirmed the crew was a part of a program that made content material out there for community reveals to make use of, which means it’s solely possible it could possibly be a Bisons sport.

We already know Jim owns a Wegmans Consumers Membership card (S7, E24) and obtained married at Niagara Falls (S6, E 4-5), however watching a Bisons sport would possibly simply solidify the character as a Western New York fanatic.

To view Araujo’s TikTok, click on right here. To learn The Athletic’s deep-dive into the analysis behind figuring out these video games, click on right here.

Adam Duke is a digital producer who has been a part of the Minus Better crew since 2021. See extra of his work right here.