Bob Costas has had numerous iconic calls during his Hall of Fame broadcasting career, not just when it comes to MLB matchups, but across multiple sports. That being said, his gaffe in Game 2 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks caught the attention of Cubs fans - and not in a good way.
Bob Costas gets his facts wrong on former Cubs ace Mark Prior
Costas was commenting on Los Angeles pitching coach Mark Prior who, as most Cubs fans recall, pitched for the team from 2002-2006 before injuries ended his career at just 25 years of age. The problem with Costas' remarks? Well, take a listen for yourself.
Costas comments on how good Prior was as a player - which, as all of us who watched him pitch can attest to - but mistakenly says the right-hander pitched for the Cubs in the 1990s. That's simply not true, given he wasn't even drafted out of USC until 2001, making his big league debut the following year.
Look. Mistakes happen. Folks seem to be amped up a bit this postseason, looking to criticize anything and anyone from Bryce Harper's baserunning to the new scheduling format. I don't know about you, but I didn't lose any sleep over Costas' snafu.
Back to Prior - it's still absolutely wild to me that he's still just 43 years of age. He burst onto the scene in a big way back in the day and, as Costas noted, we all had visions of a lethal 1-2 punch of Prior and Kerry Wood for years to come. That's not how it played out, though. Thankfully, the sweet taste of 2016 helped us put some 'what might have beens' involving that era in Cubs baseball to bed.