Bob Costas was back in the broadcast booth for TBS this postseason as the play-by-play announcer for the entire Guardians-Yankees ALDS matchup. It brought some fans back to the days of Costas being the lead voice of playoff baseball games for NBC, but it also received some criticism. However, Costas was critical of himself, especially in one particular game.
Costas was a guest on The Michael Kay Show on Thursday with Don LaGreca and Peter Rosenberg as the show celebrates its 20th anniversary with 20 notable guests in 20 days. During the segment, Costas said he probably started the series leaning a little too much on the prep work he had done.
“I loved being around it and it was a good series. It went five games. I’m very self-critical even when I was in whatever was the prime of my career. If there was something even slightly off, it bothered me. I thought that in the first game, I was so well-prepared I probably leaned too heavily on that preparation in the first game. It was a little bit out of proportion. It wasn’t that anything that was said didn’t belong there, but I could have spread it out a little bit more. But, then games 2-5, I think it was fine.”
Even though fans might have complained about too much history being a part of the broadcast, Costas says that is relevant to a national broadcast even if the fans of the teams playing might know those historic facts already.
“Those who say that a history lesson is not relevant if you are 25 years old, when I was 25 years old, I wanted to hear about the history of baseball.
“If someone tells me that citing that Game 1 on October 11 was 74 years to the day since Cleveland last won the World Series that that shouldn’t be mentioned that night, I can’t agree with that even one percent. That’s just foolish. If someone says I watch the Yankees or Guardians all year long so I know some of that already, it’s a national broadcast. Someone in Tacoma or Sacramento doesn’t know all of that and you have to frame that. I don’t think that philosophically that’s ever the wrong thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.
“I think I’ve been able to weave those sorts of things pretty skillfully throughout my career and I think I only did maybe a B- job on it on the first game of the series, but after that, everything was fine.”
Costas mentioned that he would never compare himself to any broadcaster, but he does measure his success against himself:
“You want to be as good as you are capable of being. I’ve never compared myself to another person in my entire life. But, I do compare myself to my best version of myself. Maybe you can’t get there all the time, but you’d like to get reasonably close to that every time.”
Kay did ask Costas about how does a national broadcaster combat criticism that he is only rooting for one team and not the other:
“You reject it out of hand. You should always be open to reasonable perspectives or critiques, but there are some things that are just idiotic. Every national broadcaster will tell you exactly the same thing….There were people in Cleveland watching the same telecast, hearing exactly the same words spoken, who thought that I or Ron Darling was unfair to the Guardians, clearly rooting for the Yankees. Yankees fans, clearly he was disappointed when Judge hit a home run or he was so thrilled when the Guardians won Game 3 in the bottom of the ninth….As you know, you are supposed to reflect the atmosphere in the ballpark.
“People think oh gee, Bob Costas did Mickey Mantle’s eulogy and he grew up in New York and he rhapsodizes about his childhood memories about baseball. But, like you, I am also a professional. I know what my job is. I try to be objective and appreciative of both teams and reflect what’s going on in the series. That is a particular critique, it’s not even a critique, it’s an idiocy. It’s a standing joke among all network broadcasters.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at [email protected].
Eli Gold Out as Voice of Alabama Football; Ends 35-Year Run
“I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”
The Tuscaloosa News has reported longtime University of Alabama radio play-by-play voice Eli Gold will not be returning next season. Gold, who has been in the position for 35 years, told Birmingham FOX 6 Reporter Jonathan Hardison, “I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”
The report says Chris Stewart, who has been calling Alabama basketball for the Crimson Tide Sports Network, will take over the football broadcasts.
“Eli has been an invaluable member of our broadcast team,” Jim Carabin, Vice President and General Manager of the Crimson Tide Sports Network said in a statement. “We are grateful for his years of service and wish him all the best in this next chapter. CTSN is fortunate to have someone as part of our existing broadcast team in Chris to step up and seamlessly transition into this role.”
Gold missed the 2022 season for health reasons, otherwise he has been calling Crimson Tide games each season since 1988. Gold, 70, had been diagnosed with cancer just over one year ago but called home games in 2023. Stewart filled in for Gold both in 2022 and 2023.
670 The Score Hosting ‘QB1 Town Hall’ to Debate Future of Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
“We’re looking forward to opening up this conversation to our listeners and Bears faithful.”
Audacy-owned 670 The Score in Chicago will host a unique discussion to deliberate what the future could hold for the Chicago Bears quarterback position on Wednesday’s edition of the Parkins & Spiegel Show.
Following a 7-10 campaign by the Bears that marked the third consecutive season without a playoff berth for the team, there have been several questions surrounding the future of starting quarterback Justin Fields. The Bears have the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft in a class with several accomplished college quarterbacks. Having selected Fields with the 11th-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the organization could look to move on from him, although he is coming off a season where he threw for more than 2,500 yards for the first time in his career.
Emanating from the Audacy Chicago Blue Cross Blue Shield Performance Stage, afternoon co-hosts Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel will deliver insightful perspectives and opinions on this quandary that has the football world waiting for a potential resolution. Various football experts will join the program, which will also include a live audience, contributing to the conversation surrounding this pressing topic.
The station ran a contest last week that determined the crowd at Wednesday’s event, known as the “QB1 Town Hall.” Members of the crowd will also be able to express their opinions and ask questions to a panel composed of Audacy personalities and sports industry professionals.
“This decision will determine the entire season’s trajectory and the fans are passionate about their views on it,” Mitch Rosen, vice president of programming at 670 The Score and BetQL Network, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to opening up this conversation to our listeners and Bears faithful.”
Consumers can listen to the “QB1 Town Hall” broadcast of the Parkins & Spiegel Show on 670 The Score, the Audacy mobile app and company website. Additionally, video functionality will be available through the official 670 The Score Twitch and YouTube channels. The program will run from 2 to 6 p.m. CST.
Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio Celebrate Anniversary on 94 WIP
“Happy Anniversary, Hugh!…Yes, it is the one year anniversary of the midday show, of the change at WIP. Our key cards still work here, they still let us in this morning.”
94 WIP hosts Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio celebrated their one-year anniversary as the midday show in Philadelphia today. Following Angelo Cataldi’s retirement in 2023 and the subsequent move of DeCamara and Ritchie taking his place in mornings, Douglas and Giglio formed the station’s new midday show.
Giglio started the show, “Happy Anniversary, Hugh!…Yes, it is the one year anniversary of the midday show, of the change at WIP. Our key cards still work here, they still let us in this morning.”
Douglas, who had been part of the morning show at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta prior to starting with Giglio on 94 WIP, had mixed emotions. He was excited for the show, but was also reminded that he had been in Philadelphia now for a full year and had yet to find his permanent place to live. Giglio said he believes the reasoning is simply Douglas’ attention to the show and nothing else.
Giglio took a moment to thank those who help with and listen to the show. “We appreciate everyone who has been a part of the show for the last year,” he said. “We are excited for the next year to get started.”
Douglas played in the NFL for ten years, spending time with the Jets, Eagles and Jaguars.