‘I blame Fox’: Dusty Baker says network responsible for mid-interview homer against Astros

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HOUSTON – Dusty Baker won a modern manager’s nightmare on Friday night: the opposition dealt a crushing blow to his club while conducting a live TV interview.

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The Houston Astros manager, never a dull talker, was live on Fox when Boston’s Kike Hernandez crushed a game-tying home run at the top of the third inning. What Baker considered a mild slur – “oh lord” – as the ball came off Hernandez’s bat and climbed into the seats of the Minute Maid Park.

He had a bad idea about going on national television at such a turning point in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.


“I blame Fox for this,” Baker said. After their team united for a 5-4 win To claim a 1-0 ALCS lead.

“Because always,” Baker continued, “there’s usually always something going on when you’re doing it live. My mom is watching the game, so — actually, I think I said

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‘Hi God.’ “

Despite the stakes, Baker, 72, managed to stay calm after Framber Valdez dropped a home run and produced a compelling call-and-response with Fox play-by-play man Joe Buck.

“This ball is up and out!” Buck said.

“Yeah, way out,” replied Baker.

Buck: “And this game is tied!”

Baker: “He hung a breaking ball, and he doesn’t usually do that.”

Buck: “And Kike Hernandez is having the week of his life!”

Baker: “I don’t know about the week of his life, but he did very well in the first three innings.”

Hernández would add another long home run later, but the Astros hung on for a 5–4 victory – the series lead is in hand and Baker’s dignity remains intact, despite an unscripted moment turned against him.

“Yeah, it’s not a good feeling when you know you’re on the air and you see that ball leaving the ballpark,” Baker says.

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