In perhaps one of the most jaw-dropping moments in MLB playoffs history, the Yankees and Guardians played Game 1 of their ALDS series with a dragon flying over Yankee Stadium.
That’s what TBS tried to make you believe during a promo for HBO’s “House of the Dragon” series – in which they showed a CGI version of the creature flying over the Bronx.
“You know, big sellout crowd here, but we weren’t 100 percent sure this game was going to be played tonight,” announcer Bob Costas said following a commercial break. “For more – it’s shocking – here’s Lauren Shehadi.”
The camera cut to the reporter, standing in the Yankee Stadium bleachers.
“Guys, thank you so much, wild stuff. Here’s what we know,” Shehadi said. “Apparently, one of the stars of HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’ has decided to take in a ball game here in The Bronx. Officials are hopeful the dragon won’t breathe fire during game play, but we’ll see if he complies.”
Behind her, the CGI dragon from the “Game of Thrones” spin-off series flew over the field over the heads of thousands of, uh, unsuspecting fans.
Costas could barely commit to the bit a second longer than he needed to.
“You know, I kind of feel like Orson Welles in War of the Worlds. Maybe we’re actually frightening some gullible people, that some Rodan-like creature is hovering over Yankee Stadium,” the announcer said. “Do not be alarmed, folks.”
The internet didn’t seem particularly impressed with the gimmick, making their opinions known on a clip of the moment posted by the website Awful Announcing.
“This moment was so cringe. Shameless promo,” one user wrote.
“This is why Awful Announcing was invented,” another wrote.
The Yankees won the first game of the ALDS, 4-1, over the Guardians. No players were harmed by dragon fire at any point throughout the game.