Can’t the Yankees do better than John Sterling?

AL East Roundup: 5/11/09 through 5/17/09
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The Yankees are the richest franchise in baseball. They spend upwards of $200 million annually on payroll. They just built a new Stadium, and have furnished it with the finest accommodations. Yet there is one area where the Yankees have skimped: their play-by-play men. This criticism is particular to radio man John Sterling, of whom Post columnist Phil Mushnick has had enough. I’d like to second Mushnick’s motion to remove Sterling from the booth.

This, of course, will never happen. Sterling has been the radio play-by-play man for the past 20 years, and has a contract which reportedly runs through 2011. Still, his shortcomings have become more pronounced over the past few seasons, to the point where there is now a blog named for his poor calls. But because Sterling is so entrenched in the Yankee family, there is no chance of him going anywhere, no matter how many errors he makes in describing the scene.

Mushnick shares a handful of examples from this past weekend alone. The most egregious came during Saturday’s game, when Sterling mistakenly called Hideki Matsui‘s double a home run. This coming on a ball that didn’t even hit the wall on a fly. Matsui ripped it, no doubt, and Sterling fired up the home run call, beginning with “It is high,” proceeding to “it is far,” and then finishing with the exclamation, “It is gone!” But it wasn’t. Yankees fans have grown accustomed to this false call, though most of the time Sterling utters the first two, but concludes with “it is caught,” many times before the warning track.

Another example Mushnick describes is one I experienced personally on Friday night. Waiting outside Gate 8 for my friend to show up, I was stuck listening to Sterling’s call. There’s really nothing worse than standing right outside Yankee Stadium and having to hear Sterling describe what’s happening just beyond the wall. Derek Jeter, leading off the bottom of the first, hit a liner to left. Denard Span caught it at his waist, but the way Sterling described it I was sure Jeter had doubled off the wall. A train screeched by at that point, so I wasn’t able to hear his correction. It wouldn’t have been necessary had he gotten the call right the first time.

Sterling is also wont to blame others for his own blunders. If the scoreboard count is incorrect, forget about it. He’s John freaking Sterling, he doesn’t need to keep track of the count. Never mind that he has the YES monitor right in front of him. This leads to another criticism. Last week, I believe against Toronto but it could have been Baltimore, the home plate ump was signaling strikes by putting up a fist in front of his chest. This apparently annoyed Sterling, since he couldn’t see the ump’s call. Far be it from him to look at the monitor to see the call.

Not only does he regularly bungle calls throughout games, but he also apparently 1) has no memory of the recent past, and 2) doesn’t bother to learn the players on the roster. On May 7, in a tie game against the Rays, Jose Veras trotted out for the ninth, which would have been his third inning of work. This was just to buy a bit more time for Mariano Rivera, and pretty much everyone knew that. Sterling probably did, too, but he commented that he couldn’t remember the last time Veras had pitched three innings. This would have been a benign comment had Veras not pitched back-to-back three-inning affairs just two weeks before. He pitched three innings on April 18th against Cleveland, in the blowout game, and then pitched 3.1 in the 14-inning game against Oakland. Regarding knowledge of the roster, my dad called me from the Jersey Turnpike during Spring Training, bemoaning Sterling’s lack of knowledge about Mike Dunn, who had just entered the game. Is it so much to ask a guy whose job is to talk about the Yankees to know the players on their 40-man roster?

We could take all day and chronicle the shortcomings of John Sterling, and some of us might have fun doing so. Yet no matter how much we complain about his errors in the booth, he’ll still be ready to go at 7 p.m., as he is most weeknights — the man hasn’t missed a game yet. However, the entire issue boils down to this: John Sterling’s ego is so massive that it gets in the way of his ability to call the game. Like Tim McCarver, Sterling is in love with the sound of his own voice. That sometimes leads to unintentional humor, like his drawn out “off the mezzzzzzzanine” calls when home runs hit off that part of the park, or like IIH, IIF, IIC’s Warble Index. Most of the time, though, he’s too busy mocking people who think about and analyze baseball to accurately call a game.

Mushnick sums up his stance thusly:

But something’s gotta give — either Sterling gets better (most unlikely), gets his time reduced by a fresh voice (why not?) or gets out.

And the idea that New York baseball fans, the last 20 years and counting, deserve better is too parochial. What baseball fans, and where, deserve this?

The answer to Mushnick’s rhetorical is no one, anywhere. This goes especially for the Yankees. The team is rich enough to bring us multiple $100-million players and a ritzy new Stadium, but can’t find the courage to remove a force which has been detracting from their brand for the past five, ten years? That’s what kills me the most: the Yankees talk endlessly about their powerful brand, yet that brand is represented in large part by John Sterling. He is like an ambassador for the team, spreading their message via AM radio waves. And on an almost nightly basis, he embarrasses that brand.

Yankee fans deserve better. They deserve to have games called accurately by someone or someones who understand not only the Yankees, but baseball as a whole. They deserve someone who will do his or her homework and bring fresh ideas to the fans who listen by radio. They don’t deserve John Sterling and his ego. Unfortunately, we’ll have to deal with it for at least two more seasons after this one.

And to think, we almost had Vin Scully.

Just for kicks:

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Jim Norton on the irritating Sterling

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  • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

    Sterling and Waldman is the worst duo since Milli Vanilli.

    Seriously, it is painful to rely on those two absolutely incompetent and annoying broadcasters when you have to listen to the Yanks on the radio.

    • The Lodge

      Heh. Milli Vanilli.

  • thebusiness

    at least he’s not joe morgan

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      And Morgan is national, which is really ridiculous.

  • My Pet Goat

    It’s hard for me to complain about Sterling, when he benefits from the comparison to his broadcast partner. Suzy is hands down the worst part about being a Yankees fan. Hands down. Don’t get me wrong, I still loathe Sterling, and Kay as well. But Waldman is an embarassment.

    • Zack

      How long did Waldman go on about the ‘delay’ in Tampa yesterday?

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      The real question should be, Can’t the Yankees do better than Suzyn Waldman?

      • whozat

        The real question should beAnother excellent question is, Can’t the Yankees do better than Suzyn Waldman?

        Fixed that for you.

        • Brendo

          Spiff is more right. Don’t “fix” it.

  • Derek

    “Its a Tex-Message from Tiexeira!!!”

    i thought that was actually pretty good

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      It was.

      However, a freaking billion other people in the blogosphere also came up with that HR call within minutes of Tex signing here, before he hit his first HR. I’m sorry, but coming up with witty HR catchphrases isn’t reason enough to keep Sterling around, because every other announcer can come up with witty catchphrases too.

      The ability to accurately describe what is happening on the field of play to people who aren’t watching the action live or on television is much more important than a run-of-the-mill catchphrase.

      • Chris

        In Sterling’s defense, it’s hard to describe the game when every other word needs to be some sort of advertisement.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Coming up next on FOX, “Shoving Buddies!”

          • Mister Delaware

            I’m a bigger fan of Slowly Rotating Black Guy.

            • Brendan

              Nah, Crossed Arm Opposites is the best.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      If I have to hear that one more time this year, I might punch my radio. It’s not funny or clever or original.

      • UWS

        No disrespect to your radio, but I hope we get to hear it many, many times this year (unless Sterling gets fired, of course)!

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        I dunno, I can’t get angry because it means Tex just hit a home run. I hope I have to hear that very often this year.

  • Yankeegirl49

    Sterling and Waldman are both an embarrassment and painful to listen to.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

    I disagree. It’s true that Sterling can be unbearable at times, but the answer is not to get rid of him. He has an iconic call (Thaaaaa Yankees Win!) that is part of four Yankee championships and it’s still the go-to call whenever ESPN wants to post highlights of a big Yankee win. He still has a great voice and is capable of making the great calls at times.

    The answer is to pair him with a strong color analyst who can balance out Sterling’s eccentricities. You, yourself, said that Sterling makes for countless unintentionally funny moments, so the Yankees need to take advantage of that and make them INTENTIONALLY funny. The old Yankee TV broadcasts were legendary for Seaver, White, Messer and others poking fun at Scooter’s mistakes and crazy statements. The Yanks need to put a strong personality who knows his stuff and has a good, sarcastic sense of humor next to Sterling. That would be the best and funniest broadcast in baseball.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      The ability to accurately describe what is happening on the field of play to people who aren’t watching the action live or on television >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> “having an iconic call”

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

        I disagree – I want to be entertained. That’s the most important thing for listening to broadcast. The best broadcast teams always have personalities. Think about it – would you want to listen to a monotone computer voice accurately describing the action with perfect detail?

        • Chris

          When you’re talking about TV announcers, I agree with you, but on the radio it’s important to describe what’s actually happening.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

          So you’d rather be entertained by things that aren’t actually happening on the field? The complaint about Sterling’s bombast is secondary. The primary complaint is that he doesn’t accurately describe the game. That’s why I listen to the radio usually, because I can’t watch it.

          • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

            Honestly, I don’t even care that much if he says something happened when it didn’t occur that way, but if he had a strong color guy to correct him and keep him closer to the real world, I think it would be a very entertaining broadcast. Right now, I agree, Sterling with Susan is a disaster. They just indulge each other’s idiocies.

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          Why does it have to be one or the other?

          Why can’t an announcer be competent and entertaining?

          Sterling’s complete inability to get the facts straight in a game makes any entertainment value irrelevant.

          Or, as Mushnick put in in the article:

          “Every game played by the Yankees is a doubleheader — the game that’s played and the game Sterling calls.”

          • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

            That would be great, but it’s tough to find good personalities and I would miss some of Sterling’s calls, contrived as they may be. Call me nostalgic, if you will.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Think about it – would you want to listen to a monotone computer voice accurately describing the action with perfect detail?

          Strawman argument. You’re acting like there’s two options and two options only: entertaining guys with great, iconic home run calls who can’t see straight enough to call an accurate game, and robots who call a good game and are boring as shit.

          That’s just not true. Sterling’s call is iconic, but there are other play-by-play guys who can call an accurate game who can still keep you entertained.

          • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

            I’m just saying that if I had to choose between the two, I’d take entertainment every time. For me, it’s much more important.

            • jsbrendog

              but if i wanted entertainment id put on a music station, or talk radio. I want to know what is going on in the yankee game so that I can follow along.

              • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

                I like being entertained by baseball. It’s a game, it’s supposed to be entertaining, right? For serious analysis, I can go to RAP or The Yankee Universe or Pete Abe, but sometimes I like to sit back and laugh.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Okay, then.

              Let’s say that tomorrow, I bring you a talented, entertaining kid who just graduated broadcast journalism school and has lots of charisma and on air charm, but he can call a game well. Wouldn’t you be willing to ax Sterling, who calls a game poorly, for someone else, even an unknown, who is just as charismatic and has just as good of a voice as Sterling, but who commits fewer gaffes than he does?

              You’re acting like Sterling is the best and most charismatic and entertaining radio personality ever, and that any replacement for him is a massive step down in entertainment value. I just don’t see it.

              • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

                I think personalities are tougher to find than you would think. I also think that chemistry is a huge issue and I used to like Sterling with Kay. With the right partner, I still feel Sterling could be really entertaining. There’s also a nostalgia factor that you can’t completely dismiss, esp with a team that has the tradition of the Yankees. Personally, the new guy would have to be much, much better for me to just give up on Sterling.

                • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

                  I think Sterling’s personality is a net negative. I think you are one of the few who would miss him.

                  I don’t associate him with the championships. I associate him with frustration when he blows calls, or demonstrates that he doesn’t have the simplest, most basic baseball knowledge.

                • jsbrendog

                  john sterling, is that you?

                  it is isnt it?

                • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

                  Okay, now it makes sense. Good call, jsbrendog.

                • HolyGhostClaw

                  LOL!! IEJT

        • jsbrendog

          i would rather hear my gps announcing the game while i am stuck in traffic sweating my balls off yelling at my radio instead of being subjected to sterling/waldman.

          • Aclerok

            you dont have a car or a gps!

    • whozat

      Wait…your solution to a play-by-play man who doesn’t know who’s on the team, doesn’t really remember what’s happened in the last few weeks, and can barely be bothered to pay attention, AND often gets important calls BLATANTLY WRONG…is to get a new COLOR guy?

      I really don’t care that he called the championship years. I care that, right now, when I listen to him I have no idea what’s happening in the ballgame because he’s wrong much of the time.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      His iconic call is so contrived these days. That it was a part of four World Series victories does not mean that fans should be subjected to objectively terrible play-by-play calling and no color commentary.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

        That’s why you need a really good color guy – to keep Sterling in check

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Dynamite drop in, Monty, those night classes at broadcast school are really paying off!

    • ChrisS

      No, it’s not a great call. It’s a distinctive call. Like nails on a blackboard.

      I can’t listen to a Yankee broadcast on the radio. I’d rather watch it on Gameday.

    • The Lodge

      Someone like Charlie Steiner?

      • Chris

        What about Ken Singleton?

        • jsbrendog

          ken singleton = teh awesome

          no, i am serious. I wish cone and singleton did every game on yes

          and i thought al leiter worked for mlbn now? but he did a few games last week. weird

          • whozat

            He works for them most of the time, but he still signed on to do some games with YES as well.

            • jsbrendog

              he’s not awful, but every time it seems to devolve into:

              kay: now when you pitched your no htiter you did this

              leiteR: yeah you know when i was around i did this

              kay: lot different when you were around

              leiter: laugh, yeah, we did it that way then

              • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

                I think Leiter says some really, really incisive things sometimes. He seems to really know his stuff, but he’s not very polished.

          • Drew

            I think Paulie can be good too. He wouldn’t be nearly as bad if he didn’t have Kay egging him on with endless banter.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

        ugh

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      “and it’s still the go-to call whenever ESPN wants to post highlights of a big Yankee win.”

      That’s the problem. He embarrasses the Yankees and Yankee fans with his idiotic, incompetent calls.

      If Sterling was canned, the fact that ESPN would have to grab a different clip is a good thing, not a reason to keep a self-aggrandizing, total know-nothing in the booth.

    • Zack

      being shown on ESPN doesnt mean you’re a good announcer, look at who they put in the booth for monday night football, sunday night baseball, etc.

      Who do they have doing the game tonight? Not Morgan, Miller, and Phillips right?

    • George G

      One of the biggest differences there is that Scooter made mistakes, but acknowledged those mistakes when “huckleberry’s” would correct him on-air and he was a very humble man.

      Sterling is completely full of himself with an ego to match the Yank’s payroll.

      Interestingly enough, Kay has been throwing so subtle barbs at Sterling during the TV broadcasts.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    We should ax Sterling and hire Morgan Freeman to be the radio voice of the Yankees.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2BzLf2jwIM

    • HolyGhostClaw

      That would be awesome!! Maybe we can throw Tim Robbins in there too!!

      Redd and Andy back together again!

  • jsbrendog

    i never thought i would say this, but suzyn waldman makes me yearn for the days of charlie steiner. by god the yankees have the most atrocious announcing team in radio history.

    im just happy suzyn isnt on yes anymore.

    shes got a face for radio and a voice for the silent pictures

    and sterling. oaktag.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Let’s hire jsb to be the new radio voice of the Yankees.

      “Here’s the pitch… CRUSHED IT! MARK TEIXEIRA GOT ALL OF THAT ONE!!! OAKTAG, BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!

      • whozat

        Aaaaaaand AROD MAKES IT BACK-TO-BACK! ALL ABOARD THE BANGWAGON!!!

        • jsbrendog

          haha me and whozat. sign us up.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          MELKY CABRERA!!!!! ¡¿¡¿¡¿¡¿MULTIPLO INTERROBANGAS?!?!?!?!?!

          • jsbrendog

            bubba united states rounding third and he will score! And Maximillian Saint Vincent and the Grenadines puts the yanks ahead 5-4!

            And it looks like that means Pavel Iceland will start warming up in the pen

  • dc1874

    I grew up with Bill White..Frank Messer..and Scooter..they would rotate every 3 innings..2 in the tv booth..1 solo on radio..They were a class team…none of this self promotion..attention starved..ego driven nonsence of Sterling….

    • jsbrendog

      i think when i was growing up it was scooter and murcer, and i cant reember the third…early 90s, 89-94 ish

      • The Lodge

        Bill White likely.

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          Actually, 89-94 were the years White was president of the NL.

          Fran Healy, maybe?

          • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
            • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

              He does the Rays games now. When I was in Florida a year or two ago I watched him call a Yanks-Rays game. It was painful.

              • jsbrendog

                but he has stats in his name!!!

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      Me too, dc1874.

      Scooter is a great example. He had fun and did crazy stuff, but he knew baseball backwards and forwards. Unlike Sterling, who makes error after error.

      • Some Call Me…Nick.

        Scooter is a great example. He had fun and did crazy stuff, but he knew baseball backwards and forwards. Unlike Sterling Jeter, who makes error after error.

        I really feel bad about that, but I posted it anyway :(

        My only games from Sterling on XM or ESPN national games…I’m telling you, gameday sounds better than he does.

        While you guys argue about watching vs listening, remember some of us can only choose to listen or not…

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          mlb.tv. You can watch every game, regardless of where you are in the U.S., as long as you have an internet connection.

  • Ian

    I grew up on the team of Sterling and Kay. When they broke them up, I feel it diluted the quality of Yankee broadcasts on TV and the radio. The fact that Kay is on 1050 means that they can’t even do an off-season radio show together!

    I’ve got used to Kay’s nightly talk show where he interviews Ken Singleton and/or a group of retired Yankees. However, I still long for Sterling and Kay.

    My suggestion? They should host the Batting Practice show.

  • jonathan

    John sterling is the worst play by play man in baseball. I am a die hard baseball fan who loves the yankees but cannot listen to the yanks anymore on the radio. The sad truth is that they are AWFUL

  • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

    Why complain about something that isn’t worth complaining about. It really isn’t all that bad. And if you have a problem listening to him but want the scores when you’re out of the house, sign up for the text messaging updates. I find Sterling very entertaining.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      That’s it, Joey, I’ve had enough of your shit. Now I have to cut you.

      • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

        .. Que?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Just messing around. Forget it.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Ron Burgundy = John Sterling.

    Think about it.

    • jsbrendog

      ::head explodes::

    • Sweet Lou

      Sterling is right about 60% of the time – just like Sex Panther Cologne.

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Do we have a new nickname for Sterling?

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

      He definitely does have a Bergundy quality – good call

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        John Sterling has been coming to the same party for the last twelve years, and in no way is that embarrassing.

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      Nah, Burgundy was able to get laid …

  • A.D.

    Does YES/the Yankees have the power to oust him, or is he employed by WCBS? Obviously they could potentially flex some muscle around future contract negotiations with WCBS, but is Sterling a Yankee employee?

    • HolyGhostClaw

      Sterling is probably a WCBS employee, because he was doing the broadcast way before YES was created. Just my guess…

  • Nady Nation

    The worst Sterling-ism I’ve ever heard live was from a game last year in Detroit. I believe Carlos Guillen crushed a HR to right center, and Sterling literally said “Abreu drifts over, aaand hee makes the catch, 1 away. (awkward 5 second pause with crowd cheering in the background)…wait, it’s gone! Pardon me!” There was a 5 second period where I was under the impression that Abreu just caught a routine flyball in RF; meanwhile the ball sailed over the wall. Unbelievable. Sterling is brutal, but to be honest, Waldman I think is worse. She never will, nor should she, live down the “Rawger Clemens is standing in George’s bawx” fiasco.

    • The Lodge

      I am stuck listening to the games on the radio more than half the time.

      Sterling makes me want to kill myself.
      Waldman makes me want to waterboard myself and then kill myself.

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      See, the fact that Abreu made the catch rather than dropping it or shying away from the wall and letting it fall should have been your first clue that something was up …

      Seriously, it’s stuff like that that makes listening to him a horrendous experience if you, you know, care about what’s happening in the game.

  • Troy

    heh, notice the fist pump at the end of the first clip.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    I know it is unpopular (wow did Tom’s comments above get ripped or what), but I like Sterling. I think that he is entertaining and exciting. Yes, his mistakes drive me nuts, but he corrects them after a few seconds and you get over it. I also think that his calls, whether you like them or not, are appealing to kids. I know that my nephews listen to games to hear his home run calls and “the Yankees win,” and they certainly would not be listening otherwise. There is certainly value in that.
    I actually had a solution- it would never happen, but I think it makes sense. Michael Kay’s main problem as an announcer is his inability to stop talking, making him a poor fit on Tv when the picture needs to do some of the talking. Sterling’s main problem is his inaccurate descriptions. What if we flipped them? Kay was always a better fit on radio, and Sterling’s messed up calls wouldn’t be a problem if we could see it for ourselves,and he would just entertain.

    • jsbrendog

      the only thing in there i will agree with is that it might be salvageable by flip lfopping kay/sterling as you make a goo dpoint as to their strengths and how they might play out in different mediums.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

      Then we’d have to listen to Kay describing the Yankee uniforms again :) Love Kay, but I hated that schtick.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        No name……………….of course.

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

          hah – I HATED that pause!! I drove me nuts. Why did he always pause there?

    • John Cerra

      I think you are getting to the core here. If you watch an older Yankee classic on Yes, they overdub Kay/Sterling’s radio call on the video.

      Sterling was much better on those games…maybe even crisp. They called a good game together.

      I thought Kay was great on radio, and sometimes calls YES as if it is radio.

      As I understand it, the Kay/Sterling partnership wore itself out.

      Unfortunately, Charlie Steiner was another Sterling, he did not complement well.

      At this point, I believe Sterling is over compensating for what he thinks Suzane is missing. Frankly, I like her, although maybe a little less would help. Except of course, that would mean MORE Sterling. I don’t think I can take that.

  • Steve

    Sterling and Waldman are atrocious in every possible way. They are so bad, that they make me want to turn on The Fan to hear Howie Rose call the Mets game.

    Sterling miscalls every situation like he is Mr. Magoo. And Waldman has such a thick Boston accent that it’s uncomfortable. Even if she were the best color commentator in the business (which she isn’t), the Yankees couldn’t find someone that doesn’t sound like Red Sox fan to do the job?

    How many radio play-by-play gigs would be more coveted than the Yankees job? And this is what we get?

    A batter will make an out after a Sterling home run call, and then he and Suzyn will talk about superfluous nonsense, and then Sterling will then return with “so it’s a 3-1 count…”

    The only good thing to come out of that group was the legendary soundbyte of Suzyn gushing with elation when Clemens was in the broadcast booth to announce his return to the Yankees.

  • manimal

    Just got a call from the doc’s and it turns out I had swine flu… It lasted 3 days and I didn’t take any meds and I survived.

    • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

      I hear it’s over blown by the media. Some forms of the regular flu are worse than the “Swine flue.”

      • BklynJT

        It’s really only dangerous to the young, old, and immuno-compromised (i.e. someone with cancer or weak immune system)

        • Tony

          Oh thats comforting

    • cult of basebaal

      dude, you’re a manimal, half man, half beast, poor swine flu was so confused, it didn’t know what the fuck to do with you …

      • jsbrendog

        half man, half bear, half pig.

        • Some Call Me…Nick.

          sterling < swine flu < manbearpig < nick swisher

  • The Lodge

    Does it drive you nuts that he says:
    The-aaaahhhhhhhh….. pitch

    Prior to every pitch.

  • Axl

    “This would have been a benign comment had Veras not pitched back-to-back three-inning affairs just two weeks before. He pitched three innings on May 18th against Cleveland, in the blowout game, and then pitched 3.1 in the 14-inning game against Oakland.”

    That’s today! Quick, hop into the DeLorean! lol

  • gxpanos

    Ugh, Sterling. I totally agree. They need to get YOUNGER on the radio. You have to be sharp to be a radio announcer. Also, why is there no color guy on the Yankee radio? I mean, I know play-by-play is much more important than color on the radio, but having Waldman in there? Ridiculous. And “iconic” calls are overrated, simply because people like them, and then idiots like Sterling will get married to them, and then the call just slides down a steep slope toward annoying cliche.

    I first watched the Yanks in like ’95. I remember Kaat (oh, how I miss him, no matter what anyone says about how often he talked about his playing days!), but who was the play-by-play back before YES, on MSG? Was it Trautwig, or was he studio? I remember the play-by-play being good back then.

    Cone is very unpolished and awkward to me. He gets really amped about replays, and not just when they’re going to commercials, and it’s just weird. He was freaking out about the Gardner-Mauer thing, acting like he was calling it as it happened. Weird. O’Neill is the best because he screws with Kay and is really funny, but his analysis is a little weak. Singleton, of course, is the best–but is he a play-by-play guy? I think it’s unfair to make him one, when he’s so good in analysis. In conclusion, the YES TV announcing is a total mess. They need to pick three by figuring out who has the best chemistry, and stick to it. I hate the Sox, but c’mon, Remy and Orsillo? Those two make NESN games a lot of fun.

    Of course, this all hinges on firing Kay. Obviously.

    • Axl

      Orsillo?!? AHHHH!!!!! Don’t get me started…

    • steve (different one)

      i think Cone has a lot to offer on pitching. he just knows a ton about how to pitch. he’s unpolished, but i think he’s still an asset.

      Singleton is enjoyable.

      Leiter is ok, but seems a little angry. Flaherty is meh…Kay is unbearable.

      of course, this is just my opinion. i’m sure SOMEONE out there must like Kay considering he holds not one, but two, plum jobs with two separate networks.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

        leiter DOES seem angry a lot… im glad someone else has noticed that

      • Drew

        It’s funny because he fits in so well with ESPN’s agenda. It’s just odd that that agenda is the opposite of what us Yank fans want to hear.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I totally agree. They need to get YOUNGER on the radio.

      Yup, that’s our problem.. We’ve got too many aging, positionally challenged DH-types in the broadcast booth. We need to be able to play radio small-ball instead of always clogging up the airways going “station-to-station”.

  • Axl

    At least you get to watch the Yankees and see Michael Kay talk about nonsense. I’m stuck being forced to listen to Sterling…and watch and listen to Don Orsillo on NESN which is literally the worst possible voice to hear day in and day out. Screaming and yelling when the Red Sox make a routine catch in the outfield. Remi was ok…it seems like the color commentators are always much better because they never talk as much. Singleton is great. I also enjoy Flaherty a lot…although when he and Leiter are on together it’s hard to tell them apart…

    Sterling is out of control…but Joe Costiglione or whatever sounds like he permenantly has a clothes pin pinched on his nose.

    Just be thankful we don’t have Don Orsillo…he’s easily the absolute worst.

    • UWS

      Are you kidding me? Along with Gary Cohen and Ron Darling, Orsillo and Remy are one of the best TV combos out there!

      • whozat

        Seriously. Jerry is usually drunk by about the 7th, so he’s hilarious…especially when they go to extras.

        And Orsillo rarely gets a call wrong and has a great announcer voice, and is a perfect straight man for Jerry.

        The only reason you don’t like them is because they’re on the Red Sox local broadcast network. They’re not SUPPOSED to be impartial. They’re there to be listened to by Red Sox fans.

      • Axl

        I listen to them everyday…I live in the area…Remy is great…Orsillo can be decent if he’s talking normal…but as oon as the ball leaves the bat…doesn’t matter if it’s an outstanding catch or a routine out…he’s screaming and yelling about how awesome it was…

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          Agree with this. remy is great, Orsillo is not too good. The red Sox radio broadcast is unlistenable and a bit sad. You know they get updates on the Yankee game (not a general scoreboard update, just the Yankees) at least three times a game? And Castiglione is awful.

        • whozat

          I lived in the area for ten years, and watched a LOOOOT of NESN. Orsillo is no worse than any other local announcer, in terms of getting excited about stuff that happens.

          You get pissed about it because he’s getting excited about things the Sox are doing. I know that you’d prefer it if he prefaced every comment with “I know this doesn’t hold a candle to the Yankees…” but that’s just not going to happen.

    • Tony

      yea cohen was really entertaining – he’s a bore

  • Patrick

    I was listening to the Matsui game on the radio, while also DVR-ing the game. I went to check how close the ball was to a homerun and just laughed. My favorite is A-Rod’s 500th and the balls that were hit leading up to it. Everything is, just like Sterling, a homer.

  • steve (different one)

    hmmm….tough call. on one hand, Sterling IS pretty terrible.

    but on the other hand, Mushnick is hacky d-bag writer for the Post.

    steel cage match?

    • jsbrendog

      i prefer barb wire ring match.

      to the death

      bum bum BUUUUUM

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
        • jsbrendog

          i assume this is the sabu match where he cuts throughhis bicep? cant watch youtube at work. big brother laid the smack down on that and hulu

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Nope.

            Princess Bride.

            • jsbrendog

              it was a valiant guess. and being familiar with princess bride, as is my wont, i wouldve surmised as much were I able to view above video.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                as is my wont

                OH NOOOES WITH TEH PHRASE THAT ONLY YANKEE ANNOUNCERS SAY?!?!?!??!

  • jsbrendog

    my fav hr call was the baltimore orioles radio announcer, this had to be probaly 5 or 6 yrs ago now. and they were playing seattle i believe, and the bases were juiced (not to be confused with sucka got no juice) and the batter cranks one to left field. it is a no doubter. and this is what follows:

    “and the pitch, high fly ball, BREAK OUT THE MUSTARD AUNT HELEN ITS A GRAND SALAMI!!!!!”

    to this day i randomly think o that and it makes me laugh

  • Doug

    off topic, but pirates claimed steven jackson

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      Are the Pirates trying to recreate the Yankee minor league system circa 2007? Hacker, Jackson, the guys from the Nady trade …

      • whozat

        I think it just speaks to what a truly barren system they have, that our castoffs are better than their 40-man roster.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Maybe when the Pirates play the Indians in interleague play, we can watch Carl Pavano and Luis Vizcaino square off against Ross Ohlendorf, backed up by Karstens, Hacker, and SteJax in the bullpen.

      Hopefully, Jake Westbrook is off the DL by then, so they can have a longman ready for Pavano’s explosion.

      :: head explodes ::

  • Brendo

    Bitching about Sterling? Aren’t there more important things to complain about like the bullpen, empty seats, Girardi, Cashman, the terrible drafts the past 15 years, the lack of any impact minor leaguers, etc?

    • jsbrendog

      o-a-k-t-a-g

      • UWS

        Damnit, you beat me to it! I’d been itching to do my first “oaktag”!

      • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

        Can something be oaktag squared? If so, I nominate that comment.

    • UWS

      Welcome, the newest incarnation of Lanny/GrantSalBo!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Go start your own blog.

      • jsbrendog

        this comment takes the awesome cake for the day.

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          True. Something tells me his blog would read like Francessa’s show.

          • whozat

            Steve Lombardi would probably sue him for copyright infringement.

            • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

              Don’t get me started on Lombardi. Been having the most frustrating argument with him about his recap from yesterday all day.

              • jsbrendog

                what’d he do?

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  I dont have the energy to recap it. Go check the thread for the recap of yesterday’s game if you want to see some real mental acrobatics.

              • UWS

                Why bother? You can’t teach an old dog new tricks and you can’t convince Steve Lombardi to change his mind. It’s just not happening. I don’t get why people still bother to give his site traffic.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            True. Something tells me his blog would read like Francessa’s show.

            That’s gotta be the first time in history the words “true”, “blog”, “read”, and “Francesa” were ever that close together in one sentence.

            • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

              Excellent point, especially since I’m 60 percent sure that Francesa is illiterate.

            • TheLastClown

              Can’t, farce globs are rude.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Joseph Pawlikowski says:
        Go start your own blog.

        Oh, but he already did:

        http://dullestblog.com/

        • whozat

          Looking at a wall…

          CLASSIC

    • Drew

      Was this a joke?

  • http://whatmickyeats.blogspot.com/ Keith

    Hate Sterling, Waldman and Kay. Also, they are so embedded that you guys here at RAB subconsciously through their awful sayings into your posts every once in a while. Stop saying “as is his wont” It’s not a real phrase that anyone but the Yankee announcers says!!!!

    • UWS

      Stop saying “as is his wont” It’s not a real phrase that anyone but the Yankee announcers says!!!!

      You might be surprised to hear this, but the English language has been around a lot longer than the Yankees or their announcers.

      • jsbrendog

        keith, as is his wont, harbored animosity towards announcing tandems as featured on aforementioned sports media platforms.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      “Stop saying “as is his wont” It’s not a real phrase that anyone but the Yankee announcers says!!!!”

      No, it’s a real phrase, used by actual people.

      http://books.google.com/books?.....;resnum=11

      • jsbrendog

        next you’re oging to tell me people pee on their hands cause they think it makes them softer

    • whozat

      “Also, they are so embedded that you guys here at RAB subconsciously through their awful sayings into your posts every once in a while.”

      http://www.thefreedictionary.com/wont

      Hey, your ignorance is showing. Might want to tuck that in.

      • jsbrendog

        methinks his grammar needs a shape up too.

  • Ace

    I disagree with Mushnick. I’d like to see him cover 162 games a year and never make a mistake. This dude is a nit-picking asshole who works for a tabloid-level newspaper. You could literally listen to any broadcast of any game by any broadcaster and come up with 3 mistakes over an entire weekend. I’m not saying Sterling is the greatest of all time but he has a great radio voice, fills the air with a lot of chatter and keeps me entertained. I am saying this as someone who has subscribed to the MLB.com radio package for the last 3 years and listens to a ton of games via the radio. If you want to knock Susan Waldmyn, fine – her voice is grating and she really doesn’t offer anything more than Sterling is already providing. Sterling isnt THAT bad in my opinion.

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      I think what we are all saying is that it’s not just three mistakes a weekend. It’s more like three mistakes an inning. (Okay, I might be exaggerating.) But the bottom line is the guy not only gets the calls wrong on the field, over and over again, but his knowledge of the game is sorely lacking, which affects his ability to tell us what’s happening.

      The guy is straight-out incompetent.

      If it was three mistakes a weekend, I’d let his self-aggrandizing shtick go.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

      Agreed – this should be a fire Waldman post

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        OH CRAP LETS HAVE A TEABAGGING PARTY

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

        For me it’s straight-up comical. If you can’t laugh at Sterling’s idiocy, you have to chill. I think it’s hilarious listening to him screw up the home run call, then spend 3 minutes attempting to justify why he missed it (the angle, the light, the glare) – at least it WOULD be funny if someone were there that could goof on him for us. It really is like watching Ron Bergundy (props to whoever called that).

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Maybe we just need to hire someone who types really fast to give Sterling a running teleprompter to read off of.

          “It is an ABomb? From ARod?”

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            Maybe if they typed the opposite of what really happened, Sterling would describe the action as it really happened.

  • steve s

    Sterling’s home run calls and The Yankees Win calls are worth all the mistakes everyone harps on and you will miss them (if you are a true Yankee fan) when he’s gone. Mushnick, on the other hand, writes the worst column in NY sports (Raissman is second). Speaking of a guy who gets a free pass, the single worst signature call in NY sports broadcasting belongs to Howie Rose who says “put it in the books” only when the Mets win (losses go in the books too Howie). Also his often played “Matieu”/Matieu” (excuse the spelling) goal call was as amateurish as they come.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Sterling’s home run calls and The Yankees Win calls are worth all the mistakes everyone harps on and you will miss them (if you are a true Yankee fan) when he’s gone.

      Ah, the old “if you’re a True Yankee Fan®©™” schtick…

      OAKTAG

      • jsbrendog

        DAMN you beat me to it

      • TheLastClown

        Vas means this OAKTAG?

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Dump Kay, too. The Dodgers have Vin Scully, the Philles had (:() Harry Kalas and we have these two as the heads of our respective broadcast teams?

  • Kevin M.

    I just want to know…..how do you miss a call like the Matsui double? I mean…you’ve got a fantastic view of the field from the booth AND a monitor right in front of you. I really literally want to know how you call a ball that lands 10 feet in front of the wall a home run?

    Even worse than that he called a HR on the catch BJ Upton made earlier in the year….a catch not anywhere near the wall.

    Again…somebody please offer an explanation….how do you miss a call like that????

    • jsbrendog

      allow me to answer this in a short scene:

      fred willard: Ron, are you paying attention?

      Ron Burgandy: Nope.

      aaaand scene.

      now replace fred willards character with a baseball game and ron burgandy with john sterling

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

        made me laugh

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        IETCVM

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

      It’s the absurdity that makes it hilarious.

  • Drew

    The one thing that ticks me off is that I get in the car, often mid-half inning, and it takes until the end of that half inning to hear the score. I mean, I know they don’t want to be monotonous repeating the score but would every five minutes be so bad? I get so mad listening to the calls of hits, walks, flyballs, K’s without any note of the score. It really sticks in my craw!
    As for the bad/erroneous calls, I’m used to them, I hear Kay all week, “Driven to rightfield! Caught on the infield grass.”

    • jsbrendog

      “Driven to rightfield! Caught on the infield grass.”

      the opposite of the old coors field, and hampton lays down a bunt and its outta here! a home run

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

      Scooter once made a call, “Holy Cow, White, that hit the moon!!… Wait a minute, that’s not the moon.”

  • TheLastClown

    After reading the “We could’ve had Vin Scully” article:

    Personally, I live in LA & don’t listen to Yankee games as per John Sterling at all, ever. I’m not a fan, but I don’t have to deal with him, the O&A clip is the most I’ve heard him in years.

    I do watch on MLB.TV, however, and am subjected to Michael Kay much too much for my liking. I like the color guys, Kenny, Cone, Al Leiter etc., but I am fascinated by Michael Kay.

    This man is such a tangled web of neuroses, it’s hard to believe he actually has a lucrative series of jobs with the biggest American sports franchise. You can hear him cringe inside, marking his mental enemies list when his broadcast mates make fun of him about his pettiness, his general un-knowledge & misconception of baseball, or his gigantic cranium.

    This article though, he states in this article that he wouldn’t have attempted to become a “gopher” in the Yankee machine if it meant he would have to swallow his insecurities all the way down to basking in the radiant glory of Vin Scully. A roach who scatters at lights first sight. I mean really, how does a sniveling cauldron of inferiority like this survive? I really do feel bad for the guy. For all his accomplishments…

    Olbermann too though. He said it “seems a sacrilege” to even precede Vin Scully. And it’s easy breezy to play GE-brand’s funhouse mirror Ed Murrow lite & distort important swirling political issues daily. No dishonor in that, but speaking somewhere in time close to Vin Scully? Blasphemous.

    I love Vin Scully for the record, and the article conveys the only portrait of him I’ve ever heard. Class act. I think Hollywood’s a much better fit for Michael Kay. Get Scully to come home for his sunset years, let Michael scatter on out here. Perchance to dream…

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      or his gigantic cranium.

      What makes this part even stranger is the fact that his hands are just so damn tiny.

  • adeel

    I never realized how bad Sterling was until I put on the radio while watching the Yankee game. It’s not just the missed home-run calls; EVERYTHING is up for interpretation. Inside pitches are outside, high is low, ball can be strikes… maybe I caught him at a bad time…

    That sad… He is still better than Waldman and Kay….
    1) Replace Waldman with Francesca (just to see Franscesca and Sterling fight every day; that would be entertaining)
    2) Fire Kay and let Kim Jones have a shot!

    • Ace

      2) Fire Kay and let Kim Jones have a shot!

      Bob Lorenz did a few spring trainging games and did an excellent job in my opinion. I’d like to see him worth the booth a few times. I’d also like to see Kenny Singleton and Michael Kay switch roles. Singleton should be the main guy for the majority of the season.

      • TheLastClown

        Kay’s color commentary might be worse than his play-by-play…

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        A Singleton/Lorenz booth would be real nice, IMO. I love Kenny Singleton. He has a voice that could make a wolverine purr.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Ken Singleton: “Mmmmmm. I look good. HEY EVERYBODY, COME SEE HOW GOOD I LOOK!!!!”

    • jsbrendog

      jones would do better to replace waldman. now i think thatd be good

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      The day of the Yanks-Sox game in 2007 when Makiewicz got run over at first and suffered the concussion and wrist injury, I listened to nearly the whole game in my car.

      Later in the day, I watched a bunch of highlights, and I saw a different game than I heard in the car that day.

      • Drew

        That’s cuz you weren’t listening to baseball in the car.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LW1Ge2_rK4

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          If not for listening in the car, the non-Internet radio audience would be, what, three people?

          What’s with the Czech video????

          • Drew

            Heh, the video was Cezery Makiewicz. I was poking fun at your attempted spelling of Mientkiewicz.

  • Weisdog

    Sterling is horrible – the whole point of the radio announcer is to paint a picture of what is happening in the game since the listener is not there. Missing calls is not made acceptable by being “entertaining”.

    One thing that infuriates me that Mushnick missed is that Sterling is also the “master of the obvious”. How many times has he said something along the lines of, “it’s a 3-2 count, if he doesn’t throw a strike here, he’s going to walk him”? No, really, John, thanks for clearing that one up for me.

    • jsbrendog

      he subscribes to the john madden broadcasting tips of the trade catalogue

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Even worse is Sterling when there’s a full count and men on base. “Full count, so do you send the runner? I do.” Every goddamn time.

  • Drew

    Hire TEH Kellerman!!1!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Ugh, Max Kellerman.

      I can’t decide if he’s the dumbest smart man ever or the smartest dumb man ever.

      • jsbrendog

        he’s no whizzo that’s for sure

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Tom Gaffney

      I’d pay to see Kellerman and Sterling in the same booth. Those giant egos colliding would be hilarious, not to mention the fallout when max beats Sterling to death with a bottle of Vitamin Water.

  • Yankee1010

    I haven’t been able to read the whole thread, but I’m amazed that there are more than a few people who would prefer to keep Sterling. What an abysmal game caller. Considering he’s on the radio, game calling is pretty much is only function.

    He can’t be gone soon enough.

  • Stultus Magnus

    Unfortunately, Sterling will probably be with Yankee fans for another decade.

  • Stultus Magnus

    For all of you who like Sterling, listen to anybody else in MLB call a game. Listen to the WFAN when the Mets play the Yankees. Sterling is one of the worst, ever. Period. Done. No discussion. I love the Yanks. Sterling drove me to cable because I couldn’t stand his blown calls and horrible lack of detail to the game.

  • JackISBACK

    I can’t take Sterling OR Waldman. Its like Beavis and Butthead, but without the intentional comedy. He misses counts, misses hits, misses players, infact he is one the main reasons I over-speed on highways, so I could get home and watch the game on TV ASAP.

    And Waldman with her retarded stories “So you know John, you will never guess who I ran into on the elevator today” to which John replies “Oh who might that be?” And Waldman comes up with “Brian CASHMAN, THE GM of the Yankees was ON THE PHONE!! in the elevator, so I just thought that was something cool” to which John replies “It just goes to show you that the GM’s work is never done in baseball, always on the lookout, never an offseason”

    Like WTF lady, who cares? And How she screams when anything exciting happens, gets so annoying.

    And while we’re are it, can we get someone better looking than Kim Jones? Lets face it, she’s not there because of her intellect, so atleast get someone hotter than a MILF candidate please. Even the Mets have like Julie Alexandria or something. C’mon!!!

    • jsbrendog

      And Waldman with her retarded stories “So you know John, you will never guess who I ran into on the elevator today” to which John replies “Oh who might that be?” And Waldman comes up with “Brian CASHMAN, THE GM of the Yankees was ON THE PHONE!! in the elevator, so I just thought that was something cool” to which John replies “It just goes to show you that the GM’s work is never done in baseball, always on the lookout, never an offseason”

      the scary thing is that this is SPOT on

  • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

    How about Bob Papa? Does he do anything during the football offseason?

  • Lanny

    Waldman is even worse than Sterling. Those 2 makes Hagin and Rose seem like the best duo ever.

  • JoeSit.(ragman)

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I am in Michigan and listen occasionaly via the internet. Homers in broadcasting are a passing trend and when they are gone you will miss them. Bob Ufer was a Michigan play-by-play man for like 25 years and he watched an entirely different game than the rest of us, yet his enthusiasm was unmatched and he became a legend and beloved and is a hall of famer.

  • Mike Pop

    Heh, I was at that game.

  • Publius

    More like Beavis and Beavis. Waldman and Sterling are *both* the stupid one.

  • Kevin

    I love John Sterling. The guy is into the games. He has fantastic homerun calls. And I love the thaaaaaaaaaa yankees win call. Okay he messes up a call and then corrects it, and sure he isnt the most knowlegable guy around. but hes friggin fun to listen to. I call my dad after every win with a full sterling call. Highlight of my day is hearing him yell “an a bomb, by a-rod” “a tex message” “Robby cano dontcha no” he’s awesome.

    • Ellis

      I completely agree! I hope I don’t get personally attacked for this, but I love John Sterling. He’s into it, I never get sick of his voice, and he knows Yankees history like the back of his hand.

  • MikeD

    Nope, sorry. It’s Waldman we want gone. I’ll tolerate Sterling for another decade if only Walman goes away.

  • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

    His blatant disregard for objectivity is stunning.

  • Mike

    Mushnick calling Sterling “bad” is like Stalin calling Hitler “bad.”

  • susan mullen

    I love listening to John Sterling. Mushnick’s views are nothing new or unique. I ask you again to listen to play by play radio men for other teams. 90% of them sound exactly the same. They shriek at 3 octaves above their normal speech level. In particular, they raise and lower their voice level every 2 or 3 syllables so you’re listening to a man trying to sound chirpy or happy. I assume this is to make casual listeners think the game is exciting. Please remember radio is an intimate medium. In baseball on radio I am hearing a conversation with John Sterling. What you will get instead of John Sterling is a shrill, cookie cutter robot that comes out of the current machine. I won’t listen without John Sterling. I like Charley Steiner very much as the solo play by play radio voice of the Dodgers, but he was not good on Yankee radio. I did not listen for those 3 years (more than a few minutes a game) and I much prefer baseball on radio than television. Please do not use Mushnick as your guide against Sterling–others pbp men are much worse. And they don’t have the long history and continuity to share that Sterling does.

  • Keith

    Uh-duh. I understand that”as is his wont” is proper english, but no one uses it in conversation other that than sterling and kay. It’s pretentious and annoying, stop using it.

  • Tony

    I think this is a bit harsh. If you want to listen to a technically correct broadcast – listen to the Mets on wfan. The problem is they have no personality & are very bland & boring. Sterling “for me” is fun to listen to. Yes he makes mistakes – so what – so was Rizuto & he was fun to watch on wpix. I enjoy listening to him & I only wish Kay was still with him. Kay is not as good on tv as he was on the radio.

  • Ballgame

    I don’t need an announcer to make the game more exciting, I need the Yankees to do that. I personally like when Flaherty and Singleton do games. It’s more relaxed, they stick to the game and don’t force conversation. The season is long…we can’t help getting annoyed with announcers who have to talk for 4 hours about a game 162 times a season. So Sterling is exactly what I hate. Too much forced talk.

  • Giovanni

    I can’t stand Sterlin or Waldman. I’d rather listen to every opposing feed of the game than those two. Being someone who subscribed to the mlb.tv package (I live in Minnesota now rather then NY) there are certain games I just can’t get. Any national broadcast games, or the few times the Yankees play the Twins. On those occasions I listen to the radio, and have been for the last 4 years. I’m amazed the Yankees have allowed those two to ruin baseball games for as long as they have.

    It’s astonishing that anyone could like them.

  • Docbooch

    If you don’t like Sterling you either didn’t grow up listening to the Yankees on the radio for the past 20 years or you take baseball too seriously. Please, he’s entertaining. I’ll live with the screwed up calls every once in awhile. There is no other announcer that puts as much energy and life into a broadcast.

    Suzyn is the one who must go. A color analyst from a woman who has not so much as thrown a pitch is just ridiculous. Like her opinion on anything even matters.

    btw, Tom Seaver replaced Bill White for a few years before jumping ship to the Mets for awhile.

    If you want to ick on somebody, stick to Suzyn..the woman who probably blew every old timer to get where she is. Other than that, dissing Sterling is blasphemy…you should check that blog IIH, IIF, IIC. They love him.

  • Docbooch

    Oh, I forgot…the third choice would be you are not a Yankees fan, since every non Yankees fan can’t stand Sterling.

  • DocBooch

    After the posting above, I realized how sexist my statement about Suzyn Waldman sounded. I guess it was just the heat of the argument. What I mean is that for that particular position, a person who has actually played the game is really what should be there. I value opinions from Cone, Singleton, and O’Niell a lot more and I know what they say is true because they have been there.

    You might as well make me the color analyst for the radio. To her credit, she gives good insight to conversations she has had with the players and I get a good feel for a players state of mind from her. I just can’t stand when she talks about pitching, the type of pitch and what a pitcher is trying to do. I remember when she covered the tv broadcast a few games a couple of years ago with Jim Kaat. She went into her know it all commentary about what a pitcher was trying to do and Kaat flat out told her she was wrong. I really don’t think he enjoyed working with her to say the least.

    I like what one of the earlier posters had to say about pairing Sterling with an even keeled ex ball player. Kind of like a White to our good ol Scooter. That what balance it out perfectly.

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  • Joanne Hanley

    John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are very enjoyable to listen to. Suzyn makes me proud to be a woman who is an avid baseball fan…she knows so many intricate, relevant baseball facts that always improve my understanding of each individual game’s strategy. John Sterling is the consummate broadcaster who paints a mental picture of each play. His knick-names and colloquialisms for plays and the players add flavor to every broadcast. I particularly enjoy day games, as I turn the radio on in my office, and happily listen as these talented broadcasters give the play by play.

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