Nick Castellanos’ first hit in a Phillies uniform came as the broadcast crew was reading a DUI apology on air
The legend of Nick Castellanos continued today as he made his Phillies debut in Dunedin, Florida against the Toronto Blue Jays. At this point, everyone should know that if you have any type of announcement to make during a Castellanos at-bat, then he’s going to get a hit. It’s basically science at this point.
Today, Buck Martinez was on the call for the Toronto broadcast as the camera panned over to the Blue Jays dugout, where he made a comment about Pete Walker, who was arrested on Friday night for driving under the influence. (Walker was released on bond the same day).
This is one of many examples over the past year with Castellanos and unfortunate announcements in the broadcast in which he delivered a hit in return. The first, and most epic, being Thom Brenneman’s apology for saying a homophobic slur on a hot mic.
It happened yet again when Kansas City Royals announcer was giving a eulogy of George A. Gorman, the father of the team’s long-time equipment manager who passed away.
At this point, if something sad is being talked about, Castellanos is about to hit a baseball. Honestly, the Phillies broadcast team should launch a new segment and read some Philadelphia headlines (which are typically all doom and gloom) or hell, even whip out the obituaries page of the newspaper whenever Castellanos is at the plate.
I don’t mind a few miserable stories each game if that means Nick Castellanos is crushing baseballs for the Phillies all season long, that’s for sure.
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