Friday night in Milwaukee, ninth inning. Aroldis Chapman is on the bump protecting a one-run lead. Jean Segura is edging off first for the Brewers. Jonathan Lucroy is at the plate, and the Reds are three outs from tying the Cardinals for second place in the NL Central. The Reds outfield is playing Lucroy to spray a fastball, not pull a slider. In the Reds' broadcast booth, they anticipate victory. Anything less than a victory might just reduce them to the smoldering quietude of Hawk Harrelson.
Now let us listen ...
Home run. Brewers win.
Counting the run-up to that final pitch, that's about 42 seconds of silence in the Cincinnati booth.
There's the Vin Scully "let the game do the talking" kind of quiet, and then there's the "hold on while I sneer for a while at stupid, lame-wad reality" kind of quiet. This was very much the latter.
(Wink of CBS eye: @jonahkeri)