Taking a break from his tired F.F. Proctor’s Pleasure Palace act…Baggypants Moskowitz speaks!
The most frequent complaint is his anticipating of plays, often wrongly. There even is a blog dedicated to him under the banner, “It is high, it is far, it is . . . caught.’‘
Valid criticism? “Yes, very much so,’’ Sterling said. Yet he made no apologies.
“I always want to be ahead,’’ he said. “When I did the Islanders [in the 1970s], if you hear any tapes, I said, ‘Nystrom shoots, goal! Islander goal!’ And I’d hit ‘goal’ before the crowd went nuts.
“So I do try to be out in front. I’ll tell you how I learned that: From Phil Rizzuto. He was always out in front, especially when he began.’’ (Rizzuto as a broadcasting role model? Holy cow!)
“There are people who broadcast play-by-play who do it behind, so they’re never wrong,’’ Sterling said. “If that’s a knock, that I try to be ahead of the play, well, maybe it’s like ‘A-bomb from A-Rod.’ I can find a hundred people who hate it, then I can find a thousand people who like it.’‘
At times, though, Sterling misjudges so spectacularly that it appears he is having trouble seeing the ball. Is his eyesight an issue? “No, no,’’ he said.
...So how long does he plan to do this?
“The rest of my life,’’ he said. “I guess I have great stamina, energy and a very good immune system, my wife tells me. And I love what I do.’‘