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.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

Local

New York-based Century 21 store coming to The…

The former Strawbridge & Clothier building will once again host a department store. City officials on Thursday announced New York-based Century 21 Department Stores will…

National

Electric Zoo tickets on sale Tuesday as festival…

Electric Zoo tickets go on sale Tuesday. The festival announced plans to amp up security after two attendees died last year from apparent drug overdoses.

Music

Championship of Collegiate a Cappella: Students who are…

Tickets to this Saturday’s International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella reportedly sold out within 11 hours of going on sale.

Music

M.I.A. talks 'Matangi,' divinity, spontaneity and holograms

"There’s pressure for me to become a theatrical production like 'Glee,' or something" says M.I.A., "It’s like, 'the pressure’s on, bitches.'"

Movies

Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

NBA

Jason Collins named to Time's 100 Most Influential…

Jason Collins was named to the list after coming out as the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game.

MLB

The return of Cole Hamels brings optimism

Cole Hamels’ quality start Wednesday was a nice change of pace from his recent season debuts.

MLB

Tony Gwynn Jr. a nice surprise for Phillies

Tony Gwynn Jr. has been a plus in every way for the Phillies.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

Food

Hai Street Kitchen opening in Rittenhouse May 22

Japanese cuisine will get a Chipotle-style twist at Hai Street Kitchen & Co., a new casual, quick-food restaurant opening near Rittenhouse Square on May 22.…

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.