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

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 10/16/2021 Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY

HOUSTON — Dusty Baker lived a modern manager’s nightmare on Friday night: Conducting a live TV interview while the opposition dealt his club a crushing blow.

The Houston Astros manager, never a dull conversationalist, was live on Fox when Boston’s Kiké Hernandez crushed a game-tying home run in the top of the third inning. Baker let slip what he considered a mild expletive – “Oh lord” – almost as the ball left Hernandez's bat and soared into the Minute Maid Park seats.  

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker talks with home plate umpire David Rackley during the sixth inning of Game 1 against the Boston Red Sox. © Thomas Shea, USA TODAY Sports Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker talks with home plate umpire David Rackley during the sixth inning of Game 1 against the Boston Red Sox.

He had a bad vibe about going on national television at such a crucial juncture in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

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“I blame Fox for that,” Baker said after his team rallied for a 5-4 victory to claim a 1-0 ALCS lead. 

"Because invariably," Baker continued, "when you are doing it live something usually always happens. My mom is watching the game, so – really, I think I said

'oh, God.' "

Despite the stakes, Baker, 72, managed to stay calm after Framber Valdez gave up the 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," Baker responded. 

Buck: "And this game is tied!"

Baker: "He hung a breaking ball, and he usually doesn't do that." 

Buck: "And Kiké Hernandez is having the week of his life!" 

Baker: "I don't know about the week of his life, but he's had a pretty good first three innings."

Hernandez would add another long home run later, but the Astros hung on for a 5-4 victory – the series lead in hand and Baker's dignity very much intact, despite an unscripted moment turning against him.

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

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