124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

And There's A Drive To Deep Left

Nick Castellanos cannot stop hitting home runs at the worst possible time

It remains perhaps the most unintentionally hilarious moment in baseball over the last handful of years. "As there's a drive to deep left field by Castellanos, it will be a home run." If you know, you know.

If you don't, The Ringer did an excellent job summing up the wild moment here. The Sparknotes version is that longtime Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman was caught on a hot mic using a homophobic slur during a break in the Reds-Kansas City Royals game in August of 2020. The clip spread liek wildfire on social media, so quickly that Brennaman was already apologizing for it live on the broadcast later that game. During the somber apology, Castellanos homered to deep left, and a meme was born.

Fast forward almost a year and once again, Castellanos hit a deep drive into left field against the Royals, and once again it couldn't have come at a worse possible time on the broadcast. As you'll see below, the Royals announcer is attempting to eulogize George Gorman, a World War II veteran and father of 26-year Royals equipment manager Pat Gorman. While that was happening, Castellanos cracked one to deep left:

You really cannot make this sh-t up. Another homer, to deep left field, during a somber moment on a broadcast, in the same freaking stadium. Just when the "and there's a drive into deep left field by Castellanos" had seemingly run its course, he adds to its legend with a sequel better than "The Dark Knight." Sports remain undefeated. 

As tasteless as some of these may be, we still had to share. Twitter gonna Twitter:

OK, no more before I get in trouble, as there's a drive into deep left field by Castellanos... it will be a home run.