Cubs announcer Boog Sciambi defends Ronald Acuña Jr. call

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On Wednesday night, with the Cubs and Braves deadlocked at 5-5, Ronald Acua Jr. stole his 70th base to become the first player to ever hit 40 home runs and 70 steals in a single season. 

Jon "Boog" Sciambi and Jim Deshaies, the Cubs' commentators, disagreed with the play stoppage, which occurred as the Cubs were battling valiantly down the line to qualify for the NL playoffs as a wild card.

Sciambi responded to the critiques and defended the conversation in a phone interview with The Post on Thursday.

“I’ll speak for J.D. — we’ve both been doing this for 25 years. I’m sorry but if you’re pegging us as the ‘get off my lawn guys,’ smarten up. It’s just not who we are,” Sciambi said.

The 10th is tied 5-5. I believed a highlight reel shouldn't have been shown there.

We're actually halting the game to perform a highlight montage?," Sciambi pondered, echoing what he had remarked on-air.

Deshaies responded by asking, "Can we grab the base after the game? This is a bit ridiculous. It's an incredible accomplishment.

Absolutely, but you can't pause the game to show a highlight reel, Sciambi said.

Sciambi stressed that despite his immediate disappointment over the play's interruption, he does not harbor a long-lasting animosity.