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Bob Costas apologizes for harsh comments about Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop

Sporting News logo Sporting News 6/28/2015 Kirstie Chiappelli, Sporting News

Bob Costas apologized for his harsh words about a pitcher. © Elsa/Getty Images Sport Bob Costas apologized for his harsh words about a pitcher. One day after Bob Costas made a harsh comment about Pedro Strop as he exited Chicago's game against St. Louis, the MLB Network broadcaster says he owes the Cubs reliever an apology and will give it to him in person Sunday.

“The tone of it was not what I intended. I intended it as a kind of sarcastic comment about this overall thing where everybody seems to be pointing toward the heavens for every accomplishment, large and small, or even for no accomplishment at all,” Costas told the New York Daily News. “I inadvertently appeared harsh toward Strop. That wasn’t my intention. And so I owe him an apology. And I will apologize to him (Sunday).”

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Strop entered the eighth inning with a 2-1 lead but was removed after he allowed a game-tying homer to Greg Garcia, hit Kolten Wong with a pitch, got a flyout from Matt Carpenter and walked Jhonny Peralta. He was pulled after just 1/3 of an inning and the Cubs eventually fell to the Cardinals in the 10th.

As Strop left the field, Costas said, “Motte is on his way in, Strop is on his way out, pointing toward the heavens. We can only ask, or wonder that he is asking some departed relative for forgiveness for this atrocious performance.”

Costas later took a shot at St. Louis fans in the final inning. As Cardinals fans booed an intentional walk of Matt Carpenter, Costas said, “Cardinals fans should be more knowledgeable than this. They should appreciate what Maddon is doing because Matheny might very well, in a similar situation, do the same thing.”

The Texas Rangers celebrate their win over the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Texas Rangers defeated the Angels 9-2 and clinch the American League West division. 2015 MLB season

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