“The Chevy leadership team called and told him he did nothing wrong. It’s all good. Everyone here has his back,” said Michael Albano, the brand’s top spokesman.
GM had lined up Wilde, a lifelong Royals fan, for the postgame presentation because he’s a good employee and loves baseball. There was hope that he’d be giving the keys to a Chevrolet Colorado to someone on the home team. But instead it went to San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who saved Game 7 by shutting out the Royals for five innings.
Wilde had practiced for the moment, an effort to draw attention to GM’s newest product, and brought notes just in case he forgot something.
When Fox Sports announcer Erin Andrews introduced him, he was sweating. As he started to say his lines, he became breathless. He stumbled and had to look to his notes. He ad-libbed a line that would bring guffaws on social media: “It combines class-winning and leading, you know, technology and stuff, with Wi-Fi powered by OnStar.”
#Technologyandstuff was trending on Twitter, as was #ChevyGuy, with many comparing Wilde to the late comedian Chris Farley.
“ChevyGuy is the most hilariously awkward person ever,” one person tweeted.
“Chevy really sold me on their new Colorados with that class leading technology and stuff and immediate recalls!!!,” another tweeted, an obvious reference to GM’s safety problems.