Even following Judge’s uncharacteristic 0-for-8 with 7 Ks in the first two home tilts of this series, the crowd didn’t turn full-throated and spooky against him, though a smattering of boos was heard late in the game after another feckless AB in a massive moment.
That hasn’t stopped TBS commentator Bob Costas from going full bore against Judge and talking up the boos whenever he comes to the plate, though.
Since Game 2, Costas has used the historical gravitas of his voice to make a few drunkards screaming at Judge into a national scandal. He’s also attempted to spin the narrative that Judge entered October in a massive slump — and, if Costas says it, it must be true.
Yet somehow, Cleveland fans seem to believe Costas hates their team, even though he’s tried repeatedly to make it sound like Judge escaped a military tribunal to make it to Game 3 on the road?
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was “lustily booed,” according to Bob Costas
Yes, “lustily” was the word Costas used in the first inning of Game 3 to describe the boos Judge was hearing in Game 2. You’d think, considering they turn down the crowd noise on every broadcast, that TBS wasn’t terrible interested in whatever the fans had to say about the action on the field.
Apparently, if it makes Yankees fans look bad, they’re all for it!
Needless to say, Costas wasn’t the only media member who took the “Judge booed by everyone!” reins and ran with them. Bernie Pleskoff turned it into a morality play, too.
With two outs in the third inning, Judge finally began to turn the narrative in the other direction, as the Cleveland crowd actually booed him ’til they were hoarse.
Judge turned on a 2-1 pitch and awakened a borough, depositing a misplaced Triston McKenzie fastball to dead center field, deep into the Cleveland night.
If you ask Costas, this homer only served to make Friday afternoon’s light booing more disgraceful.
No genuine Yankee fan should boo Aaron Judge.
But if you unleash a boo and a belch out of frustration in the eighth inning of a tight playoff game, make sure you’re nowhere near TBS’ microphones, lest you become Bob Costas’ Public Enemy No. 1 and the national media’s primary example of bad behavior.