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Friday, September 21, 2018

Hearing WFAN’s John Sterling home run call on WEEI was a weird juxtaposition

For years, it seemed possible that someday Red Sox fans would hear a giddy announcer call a Giancarlo Stanton home run from the Boston radio booth.

After all, in the eight years he spent walloping homers for the usually hapless Florida/Miami Marlins, Stanton’s name often came up in Red Sox trade rumors.

Stanton, who signed a 13-year, $325 million contract extension in December 2014 that practically priced him out of Miami before the ink was dry, never got to call Fenway home.

Unless they’re even bigger gluttons for punishment than any of us would be inclined to guess, I really doubt this was anything like what Red Sox fans had in mind.

QLE Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: announcing, john sterling, red sox, yankees

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   1. villageidiom Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:24 AM (#5748651)
I really doubt this was anything like what Red Sox fans had in mind.
It was very much what Red Sox fans had in mind when they heard Sterling would be announcing an inning. It was not at all what they wanted.
   2. winnipegwhip Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:04 AM (#5748716)
As a Yankee fan I wish to apologize to all those people in New England who had their evenings ruined. I know winning a division title is little solace for what you had to endure last night.
   3. Batman Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:15 AM (#5748726)
Stanton... never got to call Fenway home.
And that's the greatest tragedy of his all-too-short life.
   4. jmurph Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:10 AM (#5748804)
Considering his prodigious power, Stanton is a surprisingly uninteresting guy to watch hit. He looked like an overgrown child facing Kimbrel for the last out, just absolutely hopeless.
   5. rconn23 Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:17 AM (#5748809)
"just absolutely hopeless."

Uhh, what?
   6. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:19 AM (#5748811)
That final pitch to Stanton, I think it demonstrates just how hard hitting a baseball is. That pitch was never a strike, was never particularly close to being a strike and Stanton, a great hitter, swung and missed it by a foot.
   7. jmurph Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM (#5748813)
Flailing away? No chance of getting a hit? I'm remembering the last two pitches as being essentially the same, way out of the zone in the dirt. Are you objecting to my word choice or the general description?
   8. jmurph Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:22 AM (#5748816)
That pitch was never a strike, was never particularly close to being a strike and Stanton, a great hitter, swung and missed it by a foot.

Well he's struck out in like 30% of his PAs this year, it's not exactly a rare occurrence.
   9. rconn23 Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:24 AM (#5748818)
"Are you objecting to my word choice or the general description?"

I guess I misread it is as a description of Stanton overall as a hitter. Kimbrel, even if he's not as unhittable as he used to be, can make many great hitters look silly.
   10. catomi01 Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:25 AM (#5748819)
As a Yankee fan I wish to apologize to all those people in New England who had their evenings ruined. I know winning a division title is little solace for what you had to endure last night.


I suggested somewhere else that we make the switch permanent and give the Red Sox Sterling (nothing needed in return)...I was surprised by the number of Yankee fans who disagreed...how anyone can enjoy listening to the Yankees radio broadcast is baffling.
   11. weiss-man Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:26 AM (#5748820)
Yankee fan. Would also like to see the switch made permanent. And we'll throw in Suzyn Waldman, no charge.
   12. rconn23 Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:48 AM (#5748846)
Not related to anything, but I remember listening to Sox games on WEEI when I lived in Boston and every time they played the Rays, Castiglione had this fascination of mentioning that Ben Zobrist's wife was a Christian recording artist. I mean, he brought it up seemingly EVERY one of his at bats in each game they played. I have no idea why I just remembered that.
   13. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: September 22, 2018 at 02:18 AM (#5749403)
As a Yankee fan living in Sox country, I often get into prognostication situations with my friends. A few years ago, both the Yanks and the Sox signed third basemen. Chase Headley and Pablo Sandoval. I bet a friend that the Yanks would eventually be better with the signing of Headley than the Sox would with Sandoval. I think I won, but mostly because Headley was the cheaper option.

Coming into 2018, both the Yanks and Sox acquired big hitters. In the end, will the Sox be happier with JD, or the Yanks with Stanton?

Stanton is three years younger, but effectively has a ten-year contract to Martinez's five. Martinez is a few million $ cheaper per year, but his contract features many, many opt-outs.
   14. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: September 22, 2018 at 11:17 AM (#5749460)
Doesn’t Stanton have an opt out after year three?

I don’t think either team is likely to be unhappy. Both are terrific hitters and can play the field well enough to put out there.
   15. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: September 22, 2018 at 11:01 PM (#5749806)
Well, after 2020. So year three as a Yankee.

I speculate that the Sox will be happier, if only because Stanton is not likely to be a monster at 38.

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