'I blame Fox': Dusty Baker says network responsible for mid-interview homer against Astros
HOUSTON - Dusty Baker experienced a modern manager's nightmare Friday night: he conducted a live TV interview while the opposition dealt his club a devastating blow.
Never a boring conversationalist, the Houston Astros manager was live on Fox when Kiké Hernandez of Boston defeated a game-defining home run in the top of the third inning. Baker almost slipped what he thought was a mild expletive - "Oh Lord" - as the ball left Hernandez's bat and shot into the seats of Minute Maid Park.
He was in a bad mood going on national television at such a pivotal point in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
"I blame Fox for this," said Baker after his team rallied around a 5-4 win to take a 1-0 lead at ALCS.
“Because always,” continued Baker, “when you do it live, something usually always happens. My mom is watching the game, so - really, I think I said "
'Oh God.' "
Despite the stakes, Baker managed to stay calm at 72 after Framber Valdez abandoned the home run and produced a compelling call-and-response with Fox game-for-game man Joe Buck.
"That ball is up and out!" said Buck.
"Yes, way out," replied Baker.
Buck: "And this game is a tie!"
Baker: "He hung up a broken ball and he usually doesn't."
Buck: "And Kiké Hernandez has the week of his life!"
Baker: "I don't know what the week of his life is like, but he's had a pretty good first three innings."
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker speaks to home plate referee David Rackley during the sixth innings of Game 1 against the Boston Red Sox.
Hernandez later added another long home run, but the Astros held on to a 5-4 win - the series led in the hand and Baker's dignity was very much intact, despite a scriptless moment turning against him.
"Yeah, it's not a good feeling," says Baker, "when you know you're on the air and watch the ball leave the ballpark."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Dusty Baker Blames Fox for the home run against Astros in the middle of the interview
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