Bob Costas made one of many extra stunning calls of his sportscasting profession Friday afternoon, when hemixed up Cleveland Guardians pitcher Shane Bieber with pop star Justin Bieber.
“Justin Bieber simply threw his 84th pitch,” Costas stated throughout the sixth inning of the Guardians Sport 2 ALDS matchup with the New York Yankees. And because the viewers at house had been questioning if they only heard him appropriately, Costas rapidly assured them they did, making it clear that he was equally shocked by the blunder. “I truly known as Shane Bieber Justin Bieber! How did – I vowed that might not occur. I’m positive it’s not the primary time it’s occurred in his life.”
It undoubtedly isn’t the primary time it’s occurred. In fac,t the pitcher beforehand tried to trademark “Not Justin,” the phrase he selected to put on on his jersey throughout MLB Gamers’ Weekend. The pop star has reciprocated the joke by sporting a “Not Shane Bieber” jersey.
— Shane Bieber (@ShaneBieber19) August 5, 2019
Whereas the error is widespread, it was nonetheless stunning to listen to it come from Costas whereas calling his first full MLB Postseason sequence in additional than twenty years.
“I’m wondering if he’s watching the sport,” Costas added, seemingly referring to the pop star Justin Bieber and never the pitcher on the mound. Costas went on to indicate off his musical data by naming a number of Bieber songs, a lot to the shock of analyst Ron Darling and area reporter Lauren Shehadi. And for many who assume Costas might have had the tune titles fed to him, always remember the time the long-lasting play-by-play voice quoted Ludacris on MLB Community.
Darling responded with a Bieber tune title of his personal:
“In case you guys can title one Justin Bieber tune I’ll provide you with ten bucks”
Ron Darling, with no hesitation: “Yummy”
— Cara Jeffrey (@cara_jeffrey) October 14, 2022
Name me a conspiracy theorist, however I’m not bought on this being an accident. Whereas it’s a straightforward error to make, with Justin Bieber clearly being the extra common Bieber and the one who’s extra recurrently within the information, Costas is just too good of a broadcaster to by chance enable a pop singer to enter his thoughts when baseball is on the mind. Furthering my conspiracy concept, being the consummate professional that Costas is, what higher strategy to generate some social media buzz for a baseball recreation than by invoking a celebrity like Justin Bieber?
Often, sportscaster blunders solely go viral for malapropisms or mix-ups that lead to an expletive. Costas, nonetheless, simply needed to say Justin Bieber.[TBS; 2017 photo of Costas from Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images]