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Doc Emrick calls Pirates game on MLB Network

Fulfills longtime dream by joining Bob Costas on national broadcast @NHLdotcom

Doc shows off first scorecard

Emrick shows scorecard from his first game

NHL broadcast legend Doc Emrick shows off the scorecard from the first Pirates game he attended with his dad when he was 13 years old

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Mike "Doc" Emrick made his much-anticipated appearance behind the microphone of a Major League Baseball game when he shared MLB Network's broadcast booth with longtime NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas during the Pittsburgh Pirates' 8-4 win against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on Friday.

Emrick, the lead announcer for the NHL on NBC, is also a longtime Pirates fan whose dream was to call a Pirates game. He shared some thoughts after Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit a two-out double in the third inning. 

Video: Emrick calls McCutchen's double in the 3rd inning

"What a relief that is for Andrew McCutchen, come back home where he's been a better hitter at home than he has been away, and strike a big one against [Cubs starter] Jake Arrieta," Emrick said.

Emrick also showed off his home-run call, even though it came against his beloved Pirates, when Cubs catcher Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning that tied the game 3-3.

"High, and deep … and gone," Emrick said. 

Video: Emrick calls Montero's game-tying home run

Emrick then analyzed Josh Bell's emotions after the Pirates prospect got his first Major League hit in his first at-bat, a seventh-inning single against Arrieta that set up a four-run Pirates rally.

Video: Emrick and Costas calls Bell's first MLB hit

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