As Andrew Benintendi made the game-saving catch Wednesday night, Red Sox radio play-by-play guy Joe Castiglione quite literally fell out of his chair.
Controversy surrounded Game 4 of the ALCS, with the Houston Astros being accused of filming opposing dugouts during these playoffs and the early fan interference call that took a potential two-run homer off the board for Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. But the final play of the game was spectacular, and not all controversial.
Clinging to a two-run lead as closer Craig Kimbrel tried to finish a six-out save after walking the bases loaded, the Red Sox needed something big. Astros third baseman Alex Bregman hit a low line drive to left field, which was going to be a difficult play for left fielder Andrew Benintendi (21 percent catch probability, as StatCast would tell us).
But Benintendi made a great diving catch for the final out of the game, coming nowhere near inviting a review (and a possible reversal) on a potential trap against the ground.
Joe Castiglione is the Red Sox play-by-play man for WEEI radio, and as Benintendi made the game-saving catch he had a memorable moment in the booth.
Castiglione literally fell out of his chair in the midst of calling that final play, suggesting he went “head over heels in my chair” afterward.
Plenty of Red Sox fans surely had a similar moment in their homes as Benintendi made the game-saving play. Right fielder Mookie Betts, of course on the field at the time, acknowledged a similar reaction to Castiglione’s.
Castiglione was not injured as he called the final play, thankfully, and he was able to rally a bit.
But Castiglione is likely to be listed as probable due to lingering embarrassment for Thursday night’s Game 5, as the Red Sox can win the AL pennant and advance to the World Series.