MLB Fans Call Out TBS Over Bizarre 'House of the Dragon' Promo During Yankees-Guardians Playoff Game

TBS ran an elaborate and strange promo for the HBO series 'House of the Dragon' during Game 1 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Guardians.

A general view of Yankee Stadium prior to the game between the Guardians and Yankees.

A general view of Yankee Stadium prior to the game between the Cleveland Guardians and the New York Yankees.

A general view of Yankee Stadium prior to the game between the Guardians and Yankees.

TBS got lambasted for its poorly-received promotion of the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon during Tuesday’s Game 1 ALDS showdown between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians.

The promo started with play-by-play announcer Bob Costas using a serious tone to reveal that there was some uncertainty about Game 1 being played in Yankee Stadium. Costas warned the audience that what they were about to hear was “shocking” before handing the story over to Lauren Shehadi.

Shehadi provided details regarding what she knew so far about…a dragon, or as she called it, “one of the stars of HBO’s House of the Dragon,” hovering over the stadium. Without the aid of poor lighting, as we saw in the “Driftmark” episode, everyone got to see a particularly shoddy CGI dragon in all its dubious glory. 

“Officials are hopeful the dragon won’t breathe fire during game play, but we’ll see if he complies,” Shehadi concluded. 

Bob Costas: "Now, you know, big sellout crowd here, but we weren't 100% sure this game was gonna be played tonight. And for more, it's shocking. Here's Lauren Shehadi..."

*'House of the Dragon' promo with CGI dragon flying over Yankee Stadium*

— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 12, 2022

Check out what people thought of the cringeworthy promo below. 

They really made 70 year old broadcasting HOFer Bob Costas act like an MLB playoff game almost got cancelled only to show off five seconds of a shoddily constructed fake 3D dragon over Yankee Stadium

— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 12, 2022

Is TBS kidding with that ridiculous in-game promo for HBO's House of the Dragon during the Yankees-Guardians MLB playoff game?

It wasn't cute, it wasn't funny, it was lame. And the great Bob Costas played along?

How the mighty have fallen.

— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) October 12, 2022

Not enough people are talking about how TBS cut to their on-field reporter to talk about a CGI dragon flying over Yankee Stadium. That is a thing that happened live on air.

— Zack Morrison (@ZackMorrison18) October 12, 2022

Whatever that was that TBS just did with the House of the Dragon reference during Guardians-Yankees should be grounds for TBS to lose MLB rights

— Jared Moore (@MrJaredMoore) October 12, 2022

Fans watching in fear: omg there must have been a bomb threat at Yankee stadium

Tbs: lol jk it’s house of the dragon!

— Nick Regina. (@NoApologies5) October 12, 2022

Costas: And for more on the latest goings on in King’s Landing we’re now joined by newlyweds Daemon and his niece/wife Rhaenyra Targaryen

— JR (@slder78) October 12, 2022

Even as the target audience for a House of the Dragon ad during a Yankees game that was unbelievably corny

— Derek Saul (@derek_saul) October 12, 2022

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