While showing assorted sports highlights during a break in US Open golf coverage, broadcasting icon/crotchety old man Bob Costas suggested that the Mets' celebration of their walk-off win on Sunday afternoon against the Cubs was just another sign of the impending apocalypse.
Here's what he said:
"Kirk Nieuwenhuis, just up from Triple-A, takes Carlos Marmol deep. Nieuwenuis with a three-run, walk-off home run. The Mets with four in the bottom of the ninth to win it, 4-3, and a team fourteen games under .500 celebrates as if it just won the seventh game of the World Series. Another indication of the ongoing decline of western civilization."
I get it. Costas was making a joke, a cheap shot at the Mets' expense which, depending on your opinion of Costas, was either well beneath his reputation as a broadcaster or right in his wheelhouse as a hackish has-been. I'm not sure how anyone can criticize a team for behaving excitedly when something exciting happens. If anything, the scarcity of events worth celebrating this season means the Mets should cherish it that much more.
Even the ever-contemptible Chipper Jones got on Costas's case:
I'm thinking Mets fans will let Bob Costas know about that little comment.— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) June 16, 2013
Here's a video clip of the segment: