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Best: Love or hate him, Sterling has our attention

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.’‘

Repoz Posted: August 14, 2009 at 02:49 PM | 62 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 14, 2009 at 03:17 PM (#3292332)
So how long does he plan to do this?

"The rest of my life,''



NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
   2. JJ1986 Posted: August 14, 2009 at 03:21 PM (#3292337)
I refuse to listen to him, so he only has my attention in the worst possible way.
   3. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 14, 2009 at 03:26 PM (#3292345)
“It is high, it is far, it is . . . caught.’’


The old time Nats broadcaster Arch McDonald had an even more sublime signature call:


"Here it comes...AND THERE IT GOES!!!!....Foul, over the screen...."
   4. Van Lingle Mungo Jerry Posted: August 14, 2009 at 03:28 PM (#3292347)
In his 21st season as the Yankees' voice, Sterling remains perhaps the most polarizing figure in New York sports media, a hot-button topic both loved and loathed - sometimes by the same people.


Is this true? Are there people who actually love him? Other than "Susan Mullen," whose existence as anything other than a Jack Keefe-esque BTF alter ego I doubt highly, I've never heard anyone express genuine affection for or admiration of Sterling. "Well, he's the announcer of my favorite team and he's been around a long time, so I find him amusing in the same fashion as a crazy but ultimately harmless uncle" is about the highest praise I've ever seen.
   5. Swoboda is freedom Posted: August 14, 2009 at 03:29 PM (#3292349)
If you tune in in the middle of the action, between innnings, you can wait a long time to find out what is going on, what the score is etc. That is what I really hate about Sterling, the lack of game feel and game situation. Not everyone has been listening since the first inning.
   6. aleskel Posted: August 14, 2009 at 03:38 PM (#3292354)
I've never heard anyone express genuine affection for or admiration of Sterling. "Well, he's the announcer of my favorite team and he's been around a long time, so I find him amusing in the same fashion as a crazy but ultimately harmless uncle" is about the highest praise I've ever seen.

well, you might put me in that camp: I have a soft spot for Sterling because, growing up in western Massachusetts, the radio broadcasts were vital to me. In fairness, once you get past the cheesy catchphrase calls and almost self-parodying basso profundo, he's a fine broadcaster. He clearly understands that dead air is dead air, and you need to keep a dialogue (or monologue) going to fill the gaps in the game action. He was at his best when Michael Kay was his booth partner, since they kept up the conversation very well (probably because Kay is the only man on earth who comes close to Sterling in voice self-love). I mean, he's not Vin Scully, but there are worse broadcasters.
   7. madvillain Posted: August 14, 2009 at 03:40 PM (#3292356)
I thought most Yankees fans think of Sterling as the ultimate sourpuss? I've been here 4 years, I don't see any sort of love for this guy. Seems to be almost universally loathed, even by Yankees homers.
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 14, 2009 at 03:53 PM (#3292364)
(Rizzuto as a broadcasting role model? Holy cow!)

Rizzuto would be a fine role model for his anecdotes, folksy charm, etc. He was, IMHO, a great broadcaster, when paired with a good play-by-play guy and straight-man like Bill White, and was beloved by Yankee fans.

But his greatness had absolutely nothing to do with his play-by-play "skills". Actually his lack of skills were paradoxically part of his greatness.
   9. Kolmo Posted: August 14, 2009 at 03:56 PM (#3292368)
The only thing I enjoy about Sterling is that he annoys Yankees haters to the extreme.
   10. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 14, 2009 at 04:10 PM (#3292378)
Why would he want to be ahead of the action? I understand not wanting to be behind the action, but as a radio announcer you are truly the eyes of the people listening. There aren't five things that add up to a more important part of the job as radio play by play guy than to give an accurate description of what is happening.
   11. Super Creepy Derek Lowe (GGC) Posted: August 14, 2009 at 04:16 PM (#3292385)
He was at his best when Michael Kay was his booth partner.


I listened to a bunch of Yankee games in those days and they did seem to mesh well. But since they broke up, I don't carte for either.
   12. Dr. Vaux Posted: August 14, 2009 at 04:20 PM (#3292390)
He's often behind the action, anyway. Every game there are plays that he has to piece together and describe after the fact, when other announcers would have provided a better description in the moment.

But all in all, "crazy but harmless uncle" tends to be my stance on him. In a two-person booth where the other person was good at play-by-play, and they shared the game, he'd be perfectly fine. Announcing 1-9 himself, with a mostly clueless analyst, he's a bit much.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 14, 2009 at 04:26 PM (#3292397)
Only listened to Sterling for a few years of Internet radio before Extra Innings™ became available. My impression is that he was better with Kay than Waldman, but who wouldn't be? He may be showing a bit of age by now, too. My interest/awareness is probably about 90% the game and 10% the broadcast, so you have to be pretty bad before I'm bothered. Hawk Harrelson is the only broadcaster who comes immediately to mind if I'm listing announcers in need of replacement.
   14. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 14, 2009 at 04:30 PM (#3292402)
Hawk Harrelson is the only broadcaster who comes immediately to mind if I'm listing announcers in need of replacement.

Waldman's worse. How do you let that voice on radio?
   15. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 14, 2009 at 04:30 PM (#3292403)
The only thing I enjoy about Sterling is that he annoys Yankees haters to the extreme.

Here's an even better thought: A Red Sox fan trapped in the Yankee Stadium bleachers, being forced to listen to an endless loop of "Game over!! Yankees win!!! THHHUUUUUUUHHH YankeesWin!!!!" in one ear, and Sinatra's New York, New York in the other.
   16. Van Lingle Mungo Jerry Posted: August 14, 2009 at 04:40 PM (#3292408)
Waldman's worse. How do you let that voice on radio?


She has a face for radio and a voice for sitting at home watching in her living room like the rest of us.
   17. Sheer Tim Foli Posted: August 14, 2009 at 04:45 PM (#3292412)
The only thing I enjoy about Sterling is that he annoys Yankees haters to the extreme.

What's the difference between Yankee haters and fans from rival teams? You like Sterling because Jays fans don't like him?
   18. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: August 14, 2009 at 05:06 PM (#3292431)
there aren't many announcers that i actually like to listen to. vin scully leads a very short list. actually, vin may be the only person on the list.

sterling is a jackass. but he's no more of a jackass than the other announcers. i honestly don't know why it's so hard to find an announcer who can do what vin scully does, but apparently it is difficult in the extreme. i just watch games with the mute button on anyway.
   19. Bigotis49 Posted: August 14, 2009 at 05:06 PM (#3292432)
As a Yankee fan who grew up on Rizzuto, White, Messer, etc., it really bothers me that two generations of Yankee fans think that Sterling is the way baseball on the radio is supposed to sound like. He's a disgrace.

He's also a cancer who brings his partner down to his level:

-His first partner was Jay Johnstone. Has Johnstone worked in baseball since?
-His second partner was Michael Kay, a perfectly adequate sportswriter before joining with Sterling. He was horrible with Sterling. Now he has his own radio show and is perfectly adequate again.
-His third partner was Charley Steiner, who was great on ESPN pre-Sterling, and has been great post-Sterling on XM 175 and doing Dodger games. But he was bad when he was with Sterling.
-His current partner is Susan Waldman, who was really good years ago as a correspondent on WFAN. Now she's just a joke.

At least on XM I'm only forced to listen to Sterling half the time.
   20. madvillain Posted: August 14, 2009 at 05:19 PM (#3292454)
I've defended Hawk many times, but yea, if I wasn't a white Sox fan growing up in the 90's I'd probably hate him. Hawk is a White Sox institution for many Sox fans between 12-30, including me.
   21. Cooperstown Schtick Posted: August 14, 2009 at 05:32 PM (#3292471)
What 10 and 12 said. His argument that he tries to get the call in before the crowd reacts demonstrates an inability or unwillingness to use the ambient sound of the game as a broadcasting tool. And when he screws up, it's sometimes a full batter before he is able to piece together what he thinks happened in the previous at bat, and then, "Well, we've got that sorted out now. Meanwhile, Cano doubled with the bases loaded, and now Melky has a one-one count."

I heard Michael Kay do the play-by-play for Sunday night's Red Sox/Yankees game for ESPN Radio, and he was fantastic. He filled the dead time with details on the field, the way you would hope a broadcaster would. He described the uniforms, the batting stances, facial expressions, postures, everything you could want to visualize what was going on.
   22. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: August 14, 2009 at 05:42 PM (#3292481)
"Game over!! Yankees win!!! THHHUUUUUUUHHH YankeesWin!!!!"


I'm a Red Sox fan, but count me as one who basically *enjoys* that Sterling uses that particular call because it strikes me as so mind-blowingly stupid to draw out the word "the" that way.

I mean, if it was "Yankees Win! The Neeeeew Yoooork YANKEES WIN!!" it would make some sense.
   23. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: August 14, 2009 at 05:57 PM (#3292499)
I've defended Hawk many times, but yea, if I wasn't a white Sox fan growing up in the 90's I'd probably hate him. Hawk is a White Sox institution for many Sox fans between 12-30, including me.

He's really not too bad at calling the action, if you ignore the fact that he uses the same phrases over and over again, but I can see how his open rooting for the White Sox can get on one's nerves, particularly if you're not a White Sox fan.

The thing that bugs me the most about Ken Harrelson is how much time he spends griping about the umpiring. Every time a close call goes against the White Sox, we hear about it for the next two innings at least. Steve Stone has sort of reined him in a bit on this, though, by pointing out when the umpire is right and Harrelson wrong.

Harrelson will occasionally pull out a good anecdote, like the other night when he talked about how Ted Williams used to bug Wade Boggs about trying to hit for more power. Williams apparently hated that Boggs would content himself with singles the other way, rather than using Williams's "take-and-rake" approach.
   24. Flack42 Posted: August 14, 2009 at 06:05 PM (#3292505)
I could stomach his gimmicks if he would only tell me what's going on with the game. Typical: "The pitch. In there." Or, "he deals, ball." Was the pitcher in the stretch? Type of pitch? Lcoation? What did the batter do? His homer call doesn't tell you anything about how or where the ball was hit. Oh, and sorry to be disrespectful, but I find Vin Scully an incredibly annoying radio announcer these days. He is the only voice for the first few innings and never shuts up. It's like he's trying to speed read the Dodgers media guide. The game gets lost as he disgorges unrelentingly all the factoids that ever fit on the back of a baseball card.
   25. aleskel Posted: August 14, 2009 at 06:05 PM (#3292506)
He described the uniforms, the batting stances, facial expressions, postures, everything you could want to visualize what was going on.

That's the funny thing about Kay: he might be better suited for radio because it allows him to go over all that minutae, which I think he really likes. When he was doing the regular broadcasts with Sterling, once every game he would describe the uniforms in great detail. I always got a kick when when he went over the Yankees uniform for the umpteenth time and always ended with "no name on the back, of course."
   26. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 14, 2009 at 06:15 PM (#3292521)
Sterling draws out "the" in "the Yankees win" because during the 1996 World Series Michael Kay was shaking him as he called the final out after Hayes caught the ball. Thus the Sterling shake when he does it.
   27. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 14, 2009 at 06:18 PM (#3292527)
I could stomach his gimmicks if he would only tell me what's going on with the game. Typical: "The pitch. In there." Or, "he deals, ball." Was the pitcher in the stretch? Type of pitch? Lcoation? What did the batter do?
Bullshit. Yeah, sometimes he'll just say that, but it's usually "fastball, strike", "breaking ball, low".

The home run call almost always tells you where it's hit. "Swung on, and THERE IT GOES TO DEEP LEFT! It is high! It is far! It is... gone! An A-Bomb from A-Rod!"

Annoying, yes. But you know where the ball was hit.
   28. Super Creepy Derek Lowe (GGC) Posted: August 14, 2009 at 06:21 PM (#3292531)
I always got a kick when when he went over the Yankees uniform for the umpteenth time and always ended with "no name on the back, of course."


Did the cap have the interlocking N and Y?
   29. The Essex Snead Posted: August 14, 2009 at 06:24 PM (#3292537)
Sterling draws out "the" in "the Yankees win" because during the 1996 World Series Michael Kay was shaking him as he called the final out after Hayes caught the ball. Thus the Sterling shake when he does it.


That's actually a pretty neat story, but it'd be even neater if Sterling didn't do it after every single win and saved it for special occasions (or at least had an intern or something -- a paint mixer? -- actually shake him so it sounded more natural).
   30. Flack42 Posted: August 14, 2009 at 06:26 PM (#3292540)
I could stomach his gimmicks if he would only tell me what's going on with the game. Typical: "The pitch. In there." Or, "he deals, ball." Was the pitcher in the stretch? Type of pitch? Lcoation? What did the batter do? His homer call doesn't tell you anything about how or where the ball was hit. Oh, and sorry to be disrespectful, but I find Vin Scully an incredibly annoying radio announcer these days. He is the only voice for the first few innings and never shuts up. It's like he's trying to speed read the Dodgers media guide. The game gets lost as he disgorges unrelentingly all the factoids that ever fit on the back of a baseball card.
   31. Joey B. Posted: August 14, 2009 at 06:30 PM (#3292545)
Sterling draws out "the" in "the Yankees win" because during the 1996 World Series Michael Kay was shaking him as he called the final out after Hayes caught the ball. Thus the Sterling shake when he does it.

That's nice, but the gimmick is still stupid and annoying.

I can't stomach announcers who think it's about them instead of the game.
   32. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 14, 2009 at 06:33 PM (#3292551)
Double-post 21 minutes apart?
   33. Swoboda is freedom Posted: August 14, 2009 at 07:11 PM (#3292639)
I always got a kick when when he went over the Yankees uniform for the umpteenth time and always ended with "no name on the back, of course."

Also one of Kay's pet peeves is when fans wear a home shirt with a name on the back. He just rails on it.

That and mustard.
   34. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 14, 2009 at 07:27 PM (#3292680)
Sterling draws out "the" in "the Yankees win" because during the 1996 World Series Michael Kay was shaking him as he called the final out after Hayes caught the ball. Thus the Sterling shake when he does it.

That's a nice story, and I suppose it's as good a story as any. Too bad Paul Harvey or Bill Stern aren't alive to pass it on.
   35. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 14, 2009 at 07:28 PM (#3292681)
Did the cap have the interlocking N and Y?

IIRC, the reference was to an "interlocking NY" without the "and", but it is possible this small detail is no longer burned into my memory.
   36. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 14, 2009 at 07:29 PM (#3292682)
#22:
I'm a Red Sox fan, but count me as one who basically *enjoys* that Sterling uses that particular call because it strikes me as so mind-blowingly stupid to draw out the word "the" that way.

I mean, if it was "Yankees Win! The Neeeeew Yoooork YANKEES WIN!!" it would make some sense.


What Joey said (#31). "Neeeeew Yooooork" might be about the Yankees. "Thuuuuuuuuhhhh" is Sterling the opera singer warbling "me, me, meeeee."
   37. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 14, 2009 at 08:15 PM (#3292787)
“I always want to be ahead,’’ he said.


Why? How does this enrich the broadcast for the fan listening on the radio?
   38. Fat Al Posted: August 14, 2009 at 08:26 PM (#3292808)
Was anyone else listening to the game about a month ago when Sterling and Waldman spent half an inning discussing how neither of them had any idea who the starters on the Yankees' AAA team were? It was infuriating not just because it's embarassing and not actually a relevant topic of conversation, but also because they thought it was perfectly normal and seemed uninterested in making any effort to find out the answer.

I also liked when after Scott Downs had like 20 saves for the Jays they were discussing how they didn't know who the Jays closer was, but they guessed it was Accardo. I mean, this is not computer stuff, this is media guide stuff.

I love when they play the Mets and I can listen to their radio (and tv) guys.
   39. Steve Treder Posted: August 14, 2009 at 08:29 PM (#3292810)
Was anyone else listening to the game about a month ago when Sterling and Waldman spent half an inning discussing how neither of them had any idea who the starters on the Yankees' AAA team were? It was infuriating not just because it's embarassing and not actually a relevant topic of conversation, but also because they thought it was perfectly normal and seemed uninterested in making any effort to find out the answer.

I also liked when after Scott Downs had like 20 saves for the Jays they were discussing how they didn't know who the Jays closer was, but they guessed it was Accardo. I mean, this is not computer stuff, this is media guide stuff.


Combining a celebration of ignorance with a myopic stupor. Quite impressive.
   40. 1k5v3L Posted: August 14, 2009 at 08:33 PM (#3292817)
So how long does he plan to do this?
"The rest of my life,''

Natives getting restless now
Mutiny in the air
   41. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 14, 2009 at 08:42 PM (#3292824)
Was anyone else listening to the game about a month ago when Sterling and Waldman spent half an inning discussing how neither of them had any idea who the starters on the Yankees' AAA team were? It was infuriating not just because it's embarassing and not actually a relevant topic of conversation, but also because they thought it was perfectly normal and seemed uninterested in making any effort to find out the answer.


What's hilarious about this is that all one would need to do is sit down for an hour sifting through b-r and something like Baseball Prospectus (or whatever) to have a working knowledge of which players of note are in the system. But these alleged experts on all things Yankees can't even be bothered do that.
   42. Steve Treder Posted: August 14, 2009 at 08:46 PM (#3292829)
What's hilarious about this is that all one would need to do is sit down for an hour sifting through b-r and something like Baseball Prospectus (or whatever) to have a working knowledge of which players of note are in the system.

An hour? Try five minutes.

And as you say, it's one thing for a Yankees' fan to be blissfully ignorant about who's on their AAA team, and/or who's the closer for a division rival. Fans have no accountability to anything except their own enjoyment.

But these people are paid to describe and discuss the Yankees. This isn't their hobby, it's their job.

Just amazing.
   43. Repoz Posted: August 14, 2009 at 08:56 PM (#3292838)
sit down for an hour sifting through b-r and something like Baseball Prospectus

Sterling..."Suzyn, you know how I feel about stats...open the window and throw them all in the East River."

Waldman..."Ummm"

Sterling..."Here's The Captain, Derek Jeter...with 14 HR's on the season. Isn't that AMAZING, Suzyn? I mean just AMAZING"

Waldman..."Ummmmmmmm"
   44. Fat Al Posted: August 14, 2009 at 09:06 PM (#3292850)
You know John, when you come to the ballpark everyday, you just never know what's going to happen. You think you've seen it all, but you just never know what's going to happen.

Suzyn, you're absolutely right, that's what makes baseball great.
   45. Fat Al Posted: August 14, 2009 at 09:06 PM (#3292851)
Every game. They say that every single game.
   46. villageidiom Posted: August 14, 2009 at 09:16 PM (#3292856)
Sterling draws out "the" in "the Yankees win" because during the 1996 World Series Michael Kay was shaking him as he called the final out after Hayes caught the ball. Thus the Sterling shake when he does it.
Of all the things he did there, I'd think the one he would have made into a tradition would be the calling of the play after it happened. I guess that's why I'm not a broadcaster and he is. And why, despite neither experience nor effort, I'm a better broadcaster than he is.
   47. Obama Bomaye Posted: August 14, 2009 at 09:35 PM (#3292869)
YOU JUST CAN'T PREDICT BASEBALL!
   48. Cooperstown Schtick Posted: August 14, 2009 at 09:41 PM (#3292875)
"Isn't that something? One at bat, you'll hit a shot right at someone, and the next, you'll get one off your fists and it will drop in for a double. That's baseball. Amazing."
   49. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 14, 2009 at 09:56 PM (#3292889)
I will say this for Sterling, whatever else there is about the man, my parents met him a couple of months ago (they were doing some work with one of the radio producers at YS before a game) and reported--contrary to what I've heard--that he was unfailingly polite to everyone, particularly them who were basically getting in his way for 45 minutes.
   50. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 14, 2009 at 09:57 PM (#3292892)
I also liked when after Scott Downs had like 20 saves for the Jays they were discussing how they didn't know who the Jays closer was, but they guessed it was Accardo. I mean, this is not computer stuff, this is media guide stuff.


Combining a celebration of ignorance with a myopic stupor. Quite impressive.

Sounds like those people who parade around with signs demanding "Keep the Government out of my Medicare."
   51.     Hey Gurl Posted: August 14, 2009 at 10:00 PM (#3292897)
The other day I was listening to Sterling/Waldman. They were prattling on and on about Joba and how he's going to get used and isnt' he great and he's so young and blah blah blah.

I had no idea who was batting.
   52. Kurt Posted: August 14, 2009 at 10:08 PM (#3292904)
I don't know what's in the media guide, but my computer shows Scott Downs with 9 saves.
   53. Fat Al Posted: August 14, 2009 at 11:02 PM (#3292926)
I don't know what's in the media guide, but my computer shows Scott Downs with 9 saves.


Fair enough. But even now he's still leading the team in saves by almost 100% after 2 DL stints!
   54.     Hey Gurl Posted: August 14, 2009 at 11:07 PM (#3292928)
Wow, the Jays only have 17 saves?! That seems absurdly low for a team that's not terrible.
   55. Howie Menckel Posted: August 14, 2009 at 11:18 PM (#3292932)
The other day Sterling had one that basically went, "IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR.... and it's off the wall....... and that ball is CAUGHT - what a catch! I couldn't see that one."

And Suzyn had one about a foul ball back into the booth where she explained, "I always know when it's time to go under the table."

In these economic times, I appreciate the humorous moments, I guess..
   56.     Hey Gurl Posted: August 15, 2009 at 01:20 AM (#3293046)
Unrelated to Sterling, probably the worst I've seen was in that season the Expos played some games in Puerto Rico. Apparently the views from the press box were bad and then-Jays-announcer Rob Faulds really botched one. Instead of simply admitting he couldn't see worth a damn he did something like:

"And an easy fly out to right field ... is gone! ... Foul!"

On TV you could easily see it had been caught by the right fielder in shallow RF.
   57. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 15, 2009 at 05:12 AM (#3293231)
Wow, the Jays only have 17 saves?! That seems absurdly low for a team that's not terrible.


That's baseball.
   58. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 15, 2009 at 05:19 AM (#3293233)
Maybe The Jays' relievers would perform better if they had a John Sterling shouting out one of his "Melkman delivers"-style catch phrases. Something pithy like "Scott Downs wraps it up!" or "Frasor cuts their throats!"
   59. Chris in Wicker Park Posted: August 15, 2009 at 07:19 AM (#3293248)
Also one of Kay's pet peeves is when fans wear a home shirt with a name on the back. He just rails on it.


I enjoy walking around the city yelling "RUTH" and "MANTLE" and "BERRA" at these types. People probably think I'm crazy, but it makes me happy.
   60. jwb Posted: August 15, 2009 at 07:39 AM (#3293253)
"I always know when it's time to go under the table."
Contract negotiation time?

I am a very bad person.
   61. Fat Al Posted: August 17, 2009 at 04:03 PM (#3294918)
The other day I was listening to Sterling/Waldman. They were prattling on and on about Joba and how he's going to get used and isnt' he great and he's so young and blah blah blah.

I had no idea who was batting.


Yesterday I turned the radio on and it took more than 5 or 6 minutes to get a score from these bozos, and that came only when the score changed.
   62. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 17, 2009 at 04:15 PM (#3294942)
These "Love him or hate him, you gotta listen" things are usually annoying. That was the marketing slogan for Jim Rome for a few years. (or maybe it was "you gotta watch him", for his TV show)

Why would I want to listen to somebody I hate? There are plenty of media options out there nowadays. It's not like I'm going to show up at work tomorrow and be unprepared for water-cooler conversation because I didn't hear Jim Rome's opinion on Chad Ocho Cinco or the Victor Martinez trade or the objectified pole-vaulting teenage girl controversy.

Maybe The Jays' relievers would perform better if they had a John Sterling shouting out one of his "Melkman delivers"-style catch phrases. Something pithy like "Scott Downs wraps it up!" or "Frasor cuts their throats!"


Let's see...something about Joe Frazier, for Frasor? Or for Downs, being smothered in a down pillow? Down syndrome? No, that would set the wrong tone. Or..."The Yankees are Down for the count! Scott Downs for the count, that is."

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