First, there was an F-bomb. This time it was Dusty Baker reacting to Sean Murphy's bomb. Once again, live interviews during MLB playoff games gives us great TV.
The Houston Astros manager was being interviewed when Murphy hit a solo shot off Lance McCullers Jr. in the bottom of the third inning Monday during Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The homer gave the A's a 3-0 lead, and Baker had the perfect reaction.
"Oh lord," Baker said as the ball was sailing over the center-field fence. "That ball's flying out of here."
Indeed it is. Murphy's blast was the A's second homer of the day, and the Astros followed with two shots of their own in the top half of the fourth inning to tie the game at three runs apiece. Matt Olson then hit a solo shot of his own to give the A's a lead in the bottom of the fourth.
It's a sunny day in Southern California at Dodger Stadium, and both teams are doing their best to take advantage of a hitter's park on a hot day.