If you watched the TBS broadcast of the New York Yankees-Cleveland Guardians Game 1 matchup on Tuesday night, you were probably not thrilled with Bob Costas calling the shots (alongside Mets sympathizer Ron Darling). The man hasn’t called a full playoff series in 22 years.
And it showed. He quite literally did not stop talking the entire duration of the three-hour game. Most of what he spoke on left the audience distracted and lost. It left fans disinterested or exhausted.
Despite his soothing voice and ability to carry a conversation, those traits were not used to his advantage on this particular night. His home run calls lacked energy and fervor. His anecdotes in between those bigger moments lacked general interest. Just search his name on Twitter. You’ll see the unsavory reactions. Don’t kill the messenger.
Maybe it was an off night for 70-year-old. We all have them. Maybe Costas was caught off guard by Harrison Bader’s home run in the third inning. It was the first of his Yankees career, after all.
On top of the call being relatively dull (his words certainly did not match up with the roaring Yankee Stadium crowd and the fact it was a game-tying shot after Steven Kwan’s homer off Gerrit Cole silenced the fans), Costas had this to say when Bader got back to the dugout:
Bob Costas didn’t have the best night calling the Yankees-Guardians ALDS game
Is … Bob auditioning for a broadcasting gig with Brazzers? What in the world! Don’t think we need to go into further detail about how that was wildly misinterpreted as an innuendo you’d never hear from a man 70 years of age. Goodness.
Enough of that, though. His regular call of Bader’s home run was … a neat tie-in to the story he was telling but just simply not “it.”
Judge for yourself. Bader’s shot was fairly unexpected, all things considered, given he hadn’t yet hit one over the fence this year for New York.
But perhaps the moment for Anthony Rizzo’s game-breaking blast should’ve been a bit more teed up?
Maybe we’re nitpicking. Either way, outside of the home runs calls and general aspects of the broadcast start to finish, that Bader comment was out of this world.
Where’s the Apple TV crew when you need them? Those young broadcasters could give Costas tips on what may or may not be interpreted as a reference to an adult film.