Strop pointed to the sky as he departed, and Costas remarked on the broadcast, “We can only ask, or wonder, that he is asking some departed relative for forgiveness for this atrocious performance.” According to Costas, he was simply trying to poke sarcastically at the prevalent habit players have of pointing to the sky, whatever they do, but his comments came off much more harshly than intended. He reached out to the Cubs so that he could apologize to Strop in person, which is supposed to take place today.
Kudos to Costas for (1) explaining publicly what he was trying to say (because the whole thing was as confusing as it was troublesome, and this at least clarifies); and (2) making an effort to apologize.
What Costas said was not appropriate, but let’s be quite real about some things. We’ve all said terrible things – intentional or not – and most of us have the good fortune of those remarks not being broadcast to the world. Further, many in Costas’s shoes simply would have ignored the situation, moved on, and allowed the constantly churning news cycle to pick on someone else. Everyone makes mistakes. Not everyone does what is necessary to rectify them.