Cubs Broadcast's In-Game Interview With Craig Counsell Ended in Awkward Fashion

The third-inning interview was interrupted by an inopportune Pirates home run.
Cubs manager Craig Counsell joins the home broadcast on the Marquee Sports Network.
Cubs manager Craig Counsell joins the home broadcast on the Marquee Sports Network. / Marquee Sports Network

Chicago Cubs manager Craig Counsell joined the Marquee Sports Network broadcast in the top of the third inning Friday for an in-game interview during his team's battle with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After chatting for a while, Cubs play-by-play announcer Jon Sciambi attempted to wrap up the interview with one last question.

"You go back to the [Dylan] Cease start [on May 8], and you guys have faced 23 pitchers—it doesn't include today—the average fastball is just about 96 mph that you've faced over the course of that stretch," Sciambi said. "Thoughts?"

Before Counsell could answer, Pittsburgh infielder Jared Triolo sent a Kyle Hendricks changeup 399 feet into the left-field bleachers for a two-run home run and 2–0 Pirates lead.

The silence on the other end of the microphone was deafening.

"Craig, I'm not even going to have you answer the question," Sciambi said. "See you later."

And just like that, the interview ended.

It was a rough Friday at Wrigley Field for the Cubs, who were dominated by former No. 1 pick Paul Skenes on his way to six scoreless innings of no-hit ball in his second career start. The Cubs lost 9–3 and dropped to 25–21 on the year.

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