Legendary baseball announcer can’t resist the call of nature any longer.
We’ve all be there before Bob.
You’re in the middle of something important, in this case calling the game between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners, and you just have to go.
When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.
And that’s exactly what Costas did at the bottom of the seventh innings with Mariners beating the Yankees 6-2.
Costas asked his broadcasting partner John Smoltz on air, “How are your play-by-play skills?”
“They’re not bad,” Smoltz said.
“Good. Take over for a while,” Costas added, before disappearing for a few moments.
Smoltz took the disturbance in his stride, calling the action without missing a beat. When Costas returned he explained the situation to all who cared to listen.
“You know this is an age of candour,” Costas said.
“Between innings, I headed to the men’s room. Nothing but broadcasters. Three Yankee broadcasters, three Mariner broadcasters.
“All queued up. All queued up between innings. What’s a guy to do?”
According to Smoltz, the men behind the scenes freaked out.
“Our producer, he called for help because this is his worst nightmare,” Smoltz said.
Smoltz felt he did OK filling in, in the circumstances, but added: “I was being warned not to talk too much. I don’t know what that means.”