‘I blame Fox’: Dusty Baker says network responsible for mid-interview homer against Astros

Written by on October 16, 2021

HOUSTON — Dusty Baker lived a contemporary supervisor’s nightmare on Friday night time: Conducting a reside TV interview whereas the opposition dealt his membership a crushing blow.

The Houston Astros supervisor, by no means a uninteresting conversationalist, was reside on Fox when Boston’s Kiké Hernandez crushed a game-tying house run within the high of the third inning. Baker let slip what he thought-about a light expletive – “Oh lord” – virtually because the ball left Hernandez’s bat and soared into the Minute Maid Park seats.  

He had a foul vibe about occurring nationwide tv at such an important juncture in Recreation 1 of the American League Championship Sequence.

“I blame Fox for that,” Baker stated after his team rallied for a 5-4 victory to assert a 1-Zero ALCS lead. 

“As a result of invariably,” Baker continued, “when you’re doing it reside one thing normally at all times occurs. My mother is watching the sport, so – actually, I feel I stated

‘oh, God.’ “

Regardless of the stakes, Baker, 72, managed to remain calm after Framber Valdez gave up the house run and produced a compelling call-and-response with Fox play-by-play man Joe Buck.

“This ball is up, and out!” Buck stated. 

“Yeah, manner out,” Baker responded. 

Buck: “And this recreation is tied!”

Baker: “He hung a breaking ball, and he normally would not do this.” 

Buck: “And Kiké Hernandez is having the week of his life!” 

Baker: “I do not know concerning the week of his life, however he is had a reasonably good first three innings.”

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker talks with home plate umpire David Rackley during the sixth inning of Game 1 against the Boston Red Sox.

Hernandez would add one other lengthy house run later, however the Astros held on for a 5-Four victory – the collection lead in hand and Baker’s dignity very a lot intact, regardless of an unscripted second turning towards him.

“Yeah, it isn’t an excellent feeling,” says Baker, “when you realize you are reside on air and also you see that ball leaving the ballpark.”   

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