The Red Sox had a special guest in the NESN broadcast booth on Tuesday night, and not a former player, but a longtime fan, comedian Bill Burr. And the Massachusetts native certainly delivered in a way only he could.
Burr joined Dave O’Brien and Kevin Youkilis in the booth for a half-inning during the Red Sox’ win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park Tuesday night. Before the end of the inning, Burr stood up and said he wanted to do his Derek Jeter impression. He was referring to the fact that if Jeter ever took a pitch even remotely inside, he would shoot his hips back demonstratively, as if he had to jump out of the way. Burr’s take is he would do that to lobby the umpires.
“Derek Jeter would’ve made that a ball, if it was a strike,” Burr said. “Remember how he used to do that?” Then Burr got up and acted out a spot-on Jeter. Watch the whole clip in the above tweet from NESN.
The F is for Family and The King of Staten Island star also threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. He ostensibly made the appearance to promote his recent announcement as the first-ever standup comedian to perform a full show at Fenway Park.
Burr grew up in Canton, Mass. and started doing standup comedy in 1992. He’s since become one of the most successful and respected standup acts of his generation, in addition to an accomplished actor and host of the popular “Monday Morning Podcast.” He’s already performed at TD Garden, so Fenway is simply the latest big Boston stage for him to conquer – and he’ll be the first to do so as a comic.
By the way, you can enter to win tickets to Burr’s show at Fenway Park on August 21 at 985TheSportsHub.com. Tickets officially go on sale Friday.
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