Aug
09

Perhaps the greatest John Sterling call in history

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If you’re wondering why I frequently complain about John Sterling’s game calling, this is perhaps the most illustrative example I’ve ever encountered. Please excuse the presence of Craig Carton.

Carton ends by saying that the Yankees should employ Sterling and Waldman for life, because they bring something to the game that other broadcast teams cannot. Call me a stick in the mud if you will, but when I’m stuck with a radio broadcast I’d appreciate an accurate description of the game.

By the way, this is a shot of McGehee’s hit. Just for reference.

Categories : NYC Sports Media
  • jjyank

    Video’s blocked on my work computer but I will say this: I thought we weren’t supposed to talk about this, Joe? The Troll will get you now.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    good god

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    First off, I love Craig Carton, he is by far the funniest man on radio today.

    As for Sterling, his voice, and zany home run calls out weigh the miscues. Also, to be fair, he’s right more often than not.

    The real issue is Suzyn Waldman. She really brings nothing to the table. She’s all over the place, way too emotionally attached to the team.

    I would have prefered Kim Jones team with Sterling and perhaps when Sterlin retired someone obviously replaces him, perhaps an ex-player, and have Kim Jones as the lead.

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

      “Also, to be fair, he’s right more often than not.”

      His job is to watch a game and describe what he sees. That is quite a low bar.

      • Mike

        Exactly. Looks better for a broadcaster when he’s right 99.999999999% to 100.00000000% of the time as opposed to Sterling who is about 80% right.

        “It is high, it is far, it is GONE…..No it’s off the wall”

        • jim p

          Last year I went with radio for the soundtrack of a FOX game, sick of their crew. A line drive home run was just over the wall before “…it is far” was reached. Broadcasters really should be more flexible about their “signature” calls. (And I’m looking at you, too, Michael Kay.)

          I think I did hear Sterling confess his eyes were going more than once last year. I imagine this is a factor.

          • G

            Kay fixes them up when it’s getting out too fast, sometimes by just saying “Does it have the height? Yes/No! (See ya!)” or just saying “There it goes” instead of the whole spiel.

            He’s got it pretty much nailed, Sterling doesn’t.

      • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

        I mean, what do you want, he makes mistakes, probably at a higher level than most. He’s good at what he does, his voice is great, which for radio is big.

        I agree he could give the listener the inning/score/count more often.

        I wonder if there was this kind of outrage with Harry Caray?

        • Deep Thoughts

          Exactly. Or Scooter, or Bob Uecker, or every other announcer who is an entertainer/personality first, and a stock ticker second.

          It is completely obtuse of JoePa not to understand, or to pretend not to understand, that his primary responsibility is not to give you a 100% accurate game log but to keep listeners interested, tuned in, and hearing ads.

          P.S. When he gets something wrong that’s important, you find out about it in seconds. When he makes up inconsequential crap e.g. how many rows back a foul ball landed, or where a ball was over the plate…what difference does it make? (Answer: none, except to peevers, compulsive gamblers, and GameDay-challenged people.)

          • Adayoff

            I listen on mlb radio. I find Sterling to be the least entertaining announcer in my 50 years of listening. He is repetitive, not spontaneous at all. He is boring and an embarrassment. A real clown.

            However, I also want to say that Craig Carton is also a jerk whose only humor is at the expense of other people and is wrong even more than Sterling. If I listen to WFAN it is to hear Esiason speak. Carton is a jerk.

            • Tony S

              Oh and you have a problem with Carlton to. You must love CSPAN.

          • Kiko Jones

            This.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          If you’re looking for inning/score/count, nobody is worse than Vin Scully. Everyone considers him a legend, and maybe he is, but he rarely describes the stuff on the field anymore.
          I guess Sterling thinks he’s in Scully’s league?

      • Tony S

        And also not bore us to death. If I’m on the parkway driving home on a long drive I enjoy listening to the game & Sterling In that order. I do not need a stat nerd boring me to death. If I want a more in depth analysis I read riveraveblues.

    • https://twitter.com/richardiurilli Richard Iurilli

      “As for Sterling, his voice, and zany home run calls out weigh the miscues.”

      I enjoy Sterling’s personality but I couldn’t disagree with this more. The home run calls are entertaining but they aren’t enough to compensate for the simple fact that he makes more mistakes than any broadcaster should be allowed to make.

      “Also, to be fair, he’s right more often than not.”

      Being right more often than not isn’t enough. Sterling’s job is to describe the game — accurately — to people who can’t see what he can see. 50% isn’t good enough. 75% isn’t good enough. 90% isn’t good enough.

      • Kered Retej

        I need a stat for this. What’s the league average for accuracy among broadcasters? Maybe 50% is fine if the average is 48.79%. And what’s the replacement level if we got rid of John? Who do we have in the minor league affiliates?

        What are the home/road, day/night splits? Is there a ballpark factor, maybe based on sightlines from the booth, to the accuracy of broadcasters? What about the difference between TV and radio play-by-play?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Carton is a pure Mets and Jets homer. Can’t stand the guy.

      • Mike M

        He’s not a Mets homer at all. He constantly complains about everything they do wrong and the Yankees do right

  • Countryclub

    Classic

    • Big will

      U couldn’t be more wrong. Carton praises the Yankees daily. Boomer is the mets fan. U sound like sterling

  • BigBlueAL

    This is beyond amazing.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Drew

    groundS rule double.

    Also, Boomer and Carton is awesome.

    • Mike

      Yeah they are. I called them about a week ago actually and talked about the Yankees.

      Oh of course I opened the call up with HELLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Michael Collins

    He often gets the score wrong.She often kisses his butt even though she knows more than he does about baseball.He steps all over her too.Miscalls Home Runs (Very maddening) BUT I would listen to them any day of the week over the insufferable McCarver & Buck !!

    • KeithK

      I agree re: McC and Buck. But that’s an awfully low bar.

    • Adayoff

      McCarver and Buck are excellent. REason is tht McCarver is in the game, telling fans what to expect on a pitch, how the infield is set. He calls a game from the perspective of the managers and pitching coaches. He is the best.

      • Tony S

        Oh Yes McCarver is greatttt. I just love it when he talks.. its so interesting. Please another story about Gibson pleaseeee

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Honestly, what bugs me the most about Sterling is his pompous attitude and Moviefone guy way of calling the game. It’s hard to listen and root as a fan because there’s so much emphasis on him and his gimmicks. It annoys me the entire game, whereas incorrectly describing what happens on the field only happens every once in a while.

    • Jimmy

      This. Scooter was goofy but it wasn’t about him or his gimmicks. There’s just something too “syrupy” about Sterling. I could listen to the Scooter go on about cannolis for two innings because you knew that’s just another place where his conversation randomly led. With Sterling the gimmicks all feel so phony.

  • RetroRob

    While Carton is praying John and Suzanne sticks around, he’s also called them incompetent by saying when they go they will be replaced by a competent broadcast crew.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Did you not catch that he was being sarcastic? And he didn’t just imply that they were incompetent, he spent 5 minutes calling them incompetent.

      • RetroRob

        Yes, I did catch that.

  • Rich in NJ

    Carton was trolling.

  • steve s

    I must say, I always defend Sterling whenever these threads pop-up but this one was such a bad call it is actually entertainly bad. His great calls are still great though fwiw.

  • Steve (different one)

    Carton’s Waldman impersonation is hilarious.

    • Rich in NJ

      It really is.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    OMG this is fucking hilarious.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      I peed my pants.

  • Nice Scheister

    Ownership. It’s a powerful thing. Sterlings gotten better at calling himself out with the (non) home runs calls, but just say you missed it and move on. Hey-Zeus, what made this terrible was the covering up the fact he was lost in Suzyns eyes for a moment, it’s okay it happens to all of us, she’s quite captivating.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This is absolutely hilarious.

    They infuriate me at least once a game. I also wouldn’t want anyone else there. They weren’t even there when I was a kid, but I can’t even fathom anyone else anymore other than a rehash of what was done before when whoever wasn’t in the TV booth went and did radio for a few innings. They’re the drunk uncle. I don’t need someone lacking personality and spitting the right stat at me all the time.

    I don’t have to like all the commentators. My mother-in-law loves John and Suzyn, and I’m sure a lot of fans like her do too. It’s fine. I have plenty of other ways to fill in the blanks.

  • JCK

    This is pretty bad, but to be fair, a ball could theoretically be a ground rule double, kick up into the seats and still get thrown into second base. Fan interference makes all of that completely possible, and not nearly as absurd as these chuckleheads are making it seem.

    The biggest issue here is that Sterling wasn’t paying attention (thought it was a swing and miss) and then got flustered and called it a pop fly instead of the grounder that it was.

    The rest is completely forgivable, imho, since it was — apparently — a ball down the line that could have been fair or foul to the naked eye.

  • Mike

    The ball CAN land in foul territory and be FAIR as long as the last bounce before passing OVER the bag was in fair territory, that’s the rule (rule 2.00), if the ball doesn’t ‘fly’ over the 1st/3rd base and touches foul then it is foul. If a batted ball passes the infield in fair territory (without touching the ground) and lands in foul territory it is a foul ball.

    • sangreal

      I don’t think anyone was disputing that (except Suzyn). That’s what happened on this play.

      They didn’t even make fun of him for mistakenly calling it a foul ball (which he did)

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    This. I deal with them roughly 145 times a game, and something like this happens about once a game.

  • Mike

    Oh and by the way, here in the south california and Baja California (México) we get to listen to Vin Scully of the Dodgers on radio and when it is simulcasted on TV we get to see how he constantly makes those types of calls, but, he is Vin Scully and is practically revered.

    One of the most common calls he and even Jaime Jarrín, the spanish radio announcer of the Dodgers (along Fernando Valenzuela), or the Padres spanish radio announcer (Eduardo Ortega) do, are when calling pitches, they would often say “the pitch is low and in for a ball” when in reality it was up and away, but heck, it is radio and they make a baseball game enjoyable even more so than watching it on TV.

    • RetroRob

      Calling locatation is a challenge from the broadcast booth, so radio guys will, how should I say it, well fake it!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Exactly. I fucking love Vin Scully as well, warts and all.

  • Rooting for U.S. Steel

    Ditto all around.

    I tend to have the games on in the background when I’m knocking around the apartment, so I’m reliant on the radio calls.

    Between Sterling’s constantly incomprehensible play by play — did the runner move up? Who threw to whom? the self-indulgent musicals references (“Pippen” quotes should take a back seat to baseball knowledge and trivia during a game) and an increasing tendency to flat-out blow calls (this is an egregious, but not isolated, occurrence) he has to be one of the worst baseball announcers on the radio.

    MLB Radio gets feeds from opposing teams. They’re not bad, but I keep hoping for Yankees insights from our two.

    And yeah, I think Suzyn does dumb herself down for him — she will either kinda-sorta correct him or footsie around what really happened, or bring some information based on player interviews to her commentary. I think she’s actually the stronger of the two.

    That’s not saying much.

    I wouldn’t mind hearing what her commentary would be like if she were paired with another announcer. If Sterling is invited back next year, I’m giving up and abandoning the home broadcasts in favor of the opposing team.

    His inaccuracies are an outright distraction. He’s a disgrace.

    • Tony S

      ahh boo hoo you may need to change the dial. What has stopped you

      • Jimmy

        That argument makes no sense. Change the dial to what? He’s trying to listen to the Yankee game.

        • Tony S

          sirius radio has mlb radio. You can listen to all the terrific out of town announcers. Oh what a joy

          • Adam

            How does that help if you are in the car and don’t have Sirius?

            • Tony S

              Then you are shit out of luck.

  • A.D.

    Awesome

  • Josh

    You know what? You just can’t predict baseball sometimes…

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    Who said he’s right 80% of the time? That’s just laughably incorrect. He’s probably right 95% of the time, if not more.

    • Now Batting

      There’s 54 outs in a game. Figure 16 additional plays per game. So 95% means he’s wrong 3-4 times a game. Yep that’s about right (and completely inexcusable).

  • Darren

    If you announce 162 games a year, I expect every announcer to have some bad plays now and then, or even epically bad calls, like this one.

    That’s not the problem.

    The problem is the sheer number of plays that Sterling mis-calls in order to promote his own stupid catch phrase. The only time It is High It is far It is Gone should be used are the absolute no doubters. For all other calls, just CALL THE PLAY as it’s happening. Why is that so hard?

  • LIKE A FINE WINE

    This is why I LOVE Sterling, I posted before about this… But I agree 100 percent with Carton.

    Eventually you will figure out what happened, or check game cast if you want an accurate call. Sterling is OUR BOY and his innane babbling makes the broadcast so special, and when combined with the high pitched whining of Waldman it is CANT MISS RADIO!!!!!

    -not sarcastic

    • Tony S

      right on brother

    • Adayoff

      a crap sandwich. Maybe he is is your boy. Not mine. He’s a buffoon, more concerned with himself and recognition for his signatures than doing his job. I don’t like to hear the same Grandyman babble 40 times a year. Maybe once – if that.

      • Tony S

        oh the grandyman can

  • Hoss

    Just like in politics, the cover-up is worse than the crime. Admit you erred, correct the call and move on. Are these egos so big that they can’t fathom admitting mistakes?

    It drives me crazy that the classiest franchise in baseball has the worst play-by-play announcers (Kay and Sterling). It’s the one thing – unless you count ticket prices – that the Mets have over us.

    Carton is a putz, but his impression of Waldman discussing “Alex’s special balls” (when he was going for homerun 600) was a classic.

  • MMMMM IT IS HIGH MMMMMM IT IS FAR MMMMM IT IS GAAAAAAAN

    MMMMMMMMM IT IS HIGH
    MMMMMMMMM IT IS FAR
    MMMMMMMMM IT IS GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN
    A 2 RUN HOMERUN FOR CASEY MCGEHEE
    NOW I SEE!
    AND THE YANKEES TAKE A 2 – 0 LEAD

  • RI$P FTW

    He’s an absolute embarrassment to the organization.

  • JoeM

    Remember something. When they are gone they will be missed How would you all like to have those guys from Chicago or Seattle,Cleveland just to mention a few They are all boring. You guys would have a field day

    • Hoss

      Boring is good. The game itself is interesting. We do not need colorful announcers, just like we do not need colorful umpires. They detract from what we want to see and hear: baseball. If I wanted a comedy schtick, I’d watch Seinfeld, not Sterling. If I wanted attitude, I’d watch Judge Judy, not Joe West.

      • Tony S

        oh my God you are a bore. This is the entertainment industry. This is not Tea with Granny

        • Deep Thoughts

          “Tea with Granny,” that’s my favorite musical number from Company!

          Granny’s always ravin’ and rantin’,
          And she’s always puffin’ and pantin’,
          And she’s always screaming and shouting,
          And she’s always brewing up tea.

          Grandpappy’s never late for his dinner,
          Cos he loves his leg of beef
          And he washes it down with a brandy,
          And a fresh made pot of tea.

          Chorus:
          Have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
          have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
          Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Rosie Lea
          Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Rosie Lea.

    • Adayoff

      Maybe you find two people who know something about baseball who can tell you what the pitcher and catcher are trying to get done, what the batter is trying to get done is boring. That is why is listen. If I want shtick, I can be listening to Howard Stern and Robin Quivers.

  • U Thant

    Sterling is terrible. Case in point today.
    I get in my car to head to work knowing the Yankees are losing 3-2 heading into the top of the 8th. Turn on the radio, flip to the Yankee game as Sterling is in the middle of his Tex message, you’re on the Mark, blahblahblahblah. He got so lost in himself and those silly-ass home runs calls that he began to inform the listening audience the Yankees now lead, before realizing the game was tied. I went from an emphatic fist pump, to a “fuck you, Sterling”

  • Plan 189 from Outer Space

    Who cares about his playcalling?!? Seriously, if your listening on the radio you have no idea if the call was wrong or not you just know the outcome. What everyone SHOULD be killing Sterling over is his total lack of knowledge about the team other than a surface level. The other day he had an on air convo about how great Chris Stewart was and what a difference maker he was! Seriously!

    • billbybob

      Unfortunately, I also heard his conversation regarding Stewart. I believe Susan also said what a great job Stewart was doing. I threw up in my mouth a little when I heard it.

  • Plan 189 from Outer Space

    Who cares about his playcalling?! Seriously, if your listening on the radio you have no idea if the call was wrong or not you just know the outcome.What everyone SHOULD be killing Him over is his total lack of knowledge about the team other than surface level. The other day he had an on air convo about how great Chris Stewart was and what a difference maker he was! Seriously!

  • Defensive Indifference

    Has anyone else noticed how often Suzyn grunts or sighs just before or after Sterling makes a remark? It used to happen every now and then, but it seems to be happening all the times. It’s kind of like non-verbal eye rolling. I am starting to find it really annoying.

    Ug. Erg. Oye. Hurumph!

  • Chris

    I think there is a huge level of exaggeration over how much he’s wrong especially when compared to other announcers, especially good announcers.

    Joe Rogan is an excellent commentator for UFC. He has hands on knowledge of Brazilian jiu jitsu, he has a huge passion for MMA, he’s worked on UFC shows longer than almost anyone, etc. That doesn’t stop him from being laughably wrong a few times per event, like this weekend when he miscalled a choke as being applied when it wasn’t anywhere close, and then proceeded to call the action as if a submission was imminent. This is a sport where he is right next to the live action as opposed to high above it. This was not the only call he got wrong in that two hour event.

    I think some people also get too annoyed at “It is High, it is Far it is… caught.” The idea behind that kind of a call is to add drama, and you can tell it’s often intentional because he’ll sometimes slip up and say “cau-” before the pause, making it clear he was aware what was happening the whole time. There’s no need to start getting on the guy for the times he calls things right. Especially when it implies the idea that this has a chance to be a home run, rather than just a deep fly ball.

    Does he get things wrong? Sure. Do I think it is far in excess of the average announcer? No.

    With that said I have no problem with having his partner be someone younger with more statistical knowledge since the differences would provide a more all around presentation and a more enjoyable broadcast. But there’s a place for theatrics in sports and there’s a place for technical analysis.

    • Mike M

      I find Rogan to be insufferable at times. With all that BJJ knowledge he should know that if someone is in half guard and the guy on the bottom has a half assed guillotine…he shouldn’t be shouting “IT’S DEEP!!!!!!!”

  • flamingo

    Points for Carton using the word “colloquial”. I’m glad I watched the Olympics last night – Sterling’s the only one with worse coverage than NBC.

    • G

      Wrong. Try the BBC. I’m on a trip to London and they refuse to show anything with Americans in it unless their loss is imminent. I mean I’d have a bit of an inferiority complex myself if my nation’s entire history consisted of colonizing lands which were subsequently lost but man…

  • Erica

    “It is high! It is far! It is… a foul ball!”

    When the Yanks played the Nationals earlier this season, John and Suzyn spent the majority of the games complaining about the height their broadcast booth was at and how it affected their view of the field.

    What’s John’s excuse for the other 161 games or so?

    That being said, as cheesy and partially incorrect as John is – and as hokey as Suzyn is – I can’t imagine a game without them. I’ve only really ever known John Sterling’s voice calling the games, so it’s kind of comforting to know that he’s telling me some of what’s going on.

    I still will always and forever love them for being baffled by ordering pizza online. Silly ol’ fogies.

  • Le Noir Faineant

    I think the home run calls are over the top, but I’ve always appreciated that Sterling gets excited when the other team does something great. I hate it when announcers do the opposition grand slam monotone call.

    • billbybob

      He was pretty pumped up about Fielder’s play at first to end the top of the ninth.

  • Tony S

    Get over yourself Joe P. At least Sterling has some personality. Would you prefer the bland talent that wfan employs to call Mets games. You may be a little young to remember but Phill Rizzuto was not the most accurate announcer for WPIX. But we loved him because he was a character. Paul O.Neal reminds me of the scooter. Sterling does not call a perfect game – but in my opinion he brings excitement & storytelling to broadcasting. Whether you like it or not he is the voice of the current Yankee generation.

  • sangreal

    I have to admit, although I criticize him quite a bit, I enjoy listening to Sterling. Biggest complaint has to be that he doesn’t give a good picture of what is going on in the game though. Suzyn, on the other hand, I feel provides no value at all. Her on-air personality just doesn’t interest me.

    Since I’m confessing, I might as well mention that I prefer Kay over most play-by-play guys out there. I listen to other broadcasts on mlb.tv from time to time and I find most of them incredibly boring. At least Kay keeps interesting although I think he adds no value from an analysis perspective. That’s why I like it when they pair him with Cone and/or Leiter. Always enjoy Singleton (aside from his play-by-play) and Pauly as well.

  • Ken

    I’ll take john Sterling over Paul O’Neill in the booth any day. O’Neill seems to be there to see how much he can eat…and eat for free. Michael Kay just encourages the gluttony.

  • Ballgame

    The problem I see is that there are almost 2 generations of Yankee fans who haven’t had great radio announcers, so they don’t quite understand that it’s not Sterling that makes it exciting….it’s THE YANKEES.

    When Greenwald and Hutton were the radio guys, the Yankees had pros who told you everything that was going on with detail and still managed to excitedly wig out when Mattingly had a HR streak or Rickey and Winfield were dominating games.

    But George ditched them because they told the truth about what was happening/wrong with the team. And we all know George wanted no negativity about the team he basically forced on his managers.

    George gets banished for a few years, the Yankees go nuts and then all of a sudden Sterling is associated with the dynasty. Quality Radio fans get screwed.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    This call was beautiful. Just beautiful.

    Not that I want Sterling back because of this but this, this was a work of art.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    I can’t listen to those two, not even ironically.

  • LarryW

    Sterling is unbearable, and I agree Waldman adds zero. The problem with Sterling is not the increase in blown calls, it’s the constant droning on an on. Score check please. Yes he has the voice but that’s it…as for the hr calls enough text message, a bombs, el capitans and what do yo knows…a simple going going gone or even see ya.

    As for some comparing Sterling to Rizzuto, keep in mind Rizzuto’s play calling waned as he was in his 60′s and 70′s….at that time he was on TV and frankly was a guy who quietly pioneered the “color guy”. His mix of self deprecating humor, knowledge of the game, and Ty-in to the greatest Yankee teams made watching the games in the 80′s some what bearable.

    Radio is different from TV. But sterling adds little in the way of knowledge of the game, and frankly it’s become more about him than the game. My hope is when the CBS contract expires the yanks will end up on FM now that ESPN has a gig, along with afresh broadcast team. It’s time to retire Sterling.

  • Kiko Jones

    All the complaints about Sterling and Waldman are quite valid. But I don’t listen to them for accuracy; they’re homers and at times even goofy. But that’s what I like about them: they’re not so much sportscasters as they are characters. (And yes, I like the White Sox’s Hawk Harrelson for the same reasons.) Here’s an interesting parallel: John Flaherty frequently screws up, too. And his are boooooooring. I prefer Sterling’s entertaining mishaps instead. (Oh, and Flaherty should NEVER be allowed to do the play-by-play. Man, that is painful.)

    And speaking of YES, I don’t get the Michael Kay hate—although he’s not my fave; that would be Ken Singleton. Yes, Kay can be a tad overbearing but he’s a pro. As for the rest: Coney and Leiter might have to switch to decaf but I don’t mind ‘em; O’Neill, for better or for worse, represents the average fan in the booth. And he has improved, so…

    • G

      Yeah I actually really enjoy Kay. His obsession with pitcher wins is tiring, but he is always enthusiastic. Perhaps people don’t find this important, but I really love how fair he is. He can get just as excited for an opposing team as he can for the Yankees while still being clear in his loyalty. It’s a really underrated facet of his commentary, I can watch a game with anyone and they have no problem with him.

      However, Singleton and Cone has to be my absolute favorite combo ever. The stories that come up are just hilarious, they both have an interesting way with words. And the game is called very well. I cherish the days they’re paired up.

  • coolerking101

    +10,000. Worst…announcer…ever.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    I agree with them that Suzyn was trying to bail him out and she does that a lot. He never knows what the counts are. Sometimes he has no idea what inning they’re in. She sometimes almost whispers the right information to them or says it so low that you know she’s trying hard to not show what an idiot he is.

    My favorite is when he asks her what the rules are and she explains them and then he says he never understood that. Where, exactly, have you been all these years? And when she’s explaining them, he’s acting like this just doesn’t line up with anything he’s ever believed about whatever rule it is.

  • markj111

    John Sterling did Braves games many years ago. He was pathetic and I was pleased when he left. I’m not sure he is as bad as Chip Caray though.

  • Adam

    The Yankees are a class organization. Despite this, they continue to keep this IDIOT Sterling in the fold. Everytime I switch on the Yankees on 880, i am quickly reminded why I can’t stand listening to him. His HR calls are not cute, not funny and basically just makes me CRINGE. Something sort of Grandish? The Grandyman can? Sounds like I am listening to a single A announcer.

    Dont even get me started on Suzyn. She is a joke.

    I would love to get some class broadcasters in the fold. These hacks just arent fit for the Yanks.

  • Adam

    We should start a petition. Seriously.