Banter in the live booth always adds a bit of charm to the broadcast.
Troy Aikman, a resident of Texas, might lead one to assume he’s a fan of one of the state’s baseball teams, such as the Houston Astros or Texas Rangers. That’s, of course, assuming he follows baseball at all.
During Monday night’s broadcast of the Las Vegas Raiders and Green Bay Packers game, Aikman shared which team he supports when he expressed his enthusiasm for “his” Texas Rangers.
“Speaking of October, how ’bout my Rangers?” Aikman remarked to his broadcasting partner Joe Buck. “I’m on that bandwagon. You bet I am.”
Rather than simply agreeing and moving on, Buck seized the opportunity to playfully tease his colleague in the booth.
“I’ll give you $100 if you can name four players for the Rangers,” Buck interjected, much to Aikman’s chagrin.
“You know, there was a time when I didn’t have to work with you in October. I don’t know what happened to those days,” Aikman retorted.
“Those are long gone. You’re stuck,” Buck quipped back.
“My Rangers…” Buck added, feigning disgust.
Fans seemed to relish Joe Buck taking Troy Aikman down a peg for being a fair-weather fan.
“This is great! Well played Joe Buck,” one fan commented.
“Normally, I don’t care about commentator banter, but this is an amazing burn from Troy on Joe,” another fan wrote.
“This is the kind of banter I appreciate during a game,” someone else remarked.
It’s hard to blame Troy Aikman for jumping on the Texas Rangers bandwagon. They entered the American League playoffs as the fifth seed after concluding the 2023 MLB season with a 90-72 record.
They face the most challenging path to the World Series among AL teams.
In the first round, the Rangers swept the Tampa Bay Rays, who won 99 games this year. Now, in the Division Series, Texas is up 2-0 against the Baltimore Orioles, the top seed, who secured 101 victories, the most in the American League.
Texas aims for a second sweep on Tuesday night with a home game that kicks off at 8:03 ET. Troy Aikman will undoubtedly be watching, perhaps trying to recall a few Rangers’ names.