Sometimes, announcers get just as bored as fans do.
If you woke up and gazed upon Friday's MLB box scores, you know the Red Sox and Yankees played 19 (!!!) innings last night.
The game lasted six hours and 49 minutes. There were two innings where the Red Sox scored and the Yankees tied it up anyway, and there was an extra delay after a light failure at Yankee Stadium. Play began at 7:05 p.m. and ended at 2:10 a.m., thanks to Mookie Betts's sac fly to plate Xander Bogaerts in the top of the 19th. The unfortunate soul on the call for MLB Network's broadcast happened to be Bob Costas.
We know Costas is one of America's most well-known sports announcers. We now also know that he likes Snapple. In the bottom of the 16th inning, at which point very little was left to say, Costas took to the bottom of his Snapple cap for a fun fact (#986, as SB Nation points out).
"In Switzerland, it is illegal to own only one guinea pig because they are prone to loneliness."
This is apparently a real law and oddly meta: Although we value the Guinea pig's freedom of choice here in America, it should probably be illegal in the United States to bring them to baseball games alone. Especially seven-hour ones.
- Jeremy Woo