Playing the Field: Bob Costas hates Mets celebrating a win

Bob Costas has been watching too many staid golf celebrations apparently, because Sunday afternoon he decided to bash the Mets for a three-run walk-off homer.

NBC broke into its U.S. Open coverage, as it did occasionally to provide various sports highlights. But in this case, it appears to have done so exclusively so Costas could trash the Mets and Cubs.

It was the bottom of the ninth, with the Mets trailing 3-0, and Marlon Byrd hit a homer to make it 3-1. Then two more guys get on base and Kirk Nieuwenhuis bombs a three-run homer to right field for the unbelievable come-from-behind win. And yes, of course the Mets all piled on Nieuwenhuis as he jumped on home plate.

Oh, but Costas wasn’t happy.

“And a team 14 games under .500 celebrates as if it just won the seventh game of the World Series,” Costas said. “Another indication of the ongoing decline of Western civilization.”

Hey Bob, we know you wish this was still baseball decorum circa 1940, but it isn’t. Have you watched a baseball game in the past 25 years? Is this a shock to you that a team would celebrate a walk off?

What if the Angels had rallied from down six runs in the ninth inning yesterday to walk one off against Mariano Rivera and the Yankees? The Angels are nine games under .500 and 11 games out in the AL West. Are they allowed to celebrate?

Can we get a ruling, Bob?

The best part of the incident was the tongue-in-cheek response from Mets public relations man Jay Horwitz. Horwitz is a must-follow on Twitter, if you don’t already. The 31-year veteran of the job makes classic quips and is tenure in the job means he can say just about anything without hearing from the men in charge.

Yesterday, after the Costas flap, he aimed his sarcasm directly at Costas. Bravo Jay.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports. He promises to never celebrate anything ever in hopes of not offending Bob Costas.



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