When you gotta go, you gotta go. That’s exactly what happened to Bob Costas when he was broadcasting live on Tuesday night.
Nature was calling big time from the broadcast booth on Tuesday night. Sportscaster Bob Costas felt the urge to go while doing play-by-play in the middle of a baseball game.
The veteran broadcaster was covering the New York Yankees versus the Seattle Mariners game for the MLB network alongside co-host John Smoltz. While on the air, the 62-year-old legend asked Smoltz, “How are your play-by-play skills?”
He replied, “They’re not bad”.
That’s when Costas handed over the reins to Smoltz with, “Good. Take over for a while”, as he exited the broadcast booth to head to the bathroom mid-innings.
His replacement deftly handled the broadcast in the lead anchor’s absence.
When Costas returned to the broadcast booth, he shared with viewers where he had gone. He said, “You know, this is an age of candor. Between innings, I headed to the men’s room. Nothing but broadcasters. Three Yankee broadcasters, three Mariner broadcasters. All queued up. All queued up between innings. What’s a guy to do?”
This is not the only time the broadcast legend has had a replacement during a big sporting event. During the Sochi Winter Olympics, Costas was forced to take a leave of absence after he developed pink eye. Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer pinch-hitted for him while he healed.
Watch Bob Costas’ big exit from the game.