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John Sterling botches Alex Rodriguez home run call (Audio)

John-SterlingNew York Yankees broadcaster John Sterling scripts his home run calls. Anyone who has listened to games that are broadcast on WFAN could tell you that. For that reason, his screw-ups have a tendency to become magnified. Sterling gave us a perfect example of that on Tuesday night when he mistakenly thought that Alex Rodriguez had blasted a home run.

The problem was Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis turned the fly ball into a routine out near the wall.

“That ball is high, it is far, it is gone …,” Sterling proclaimed enthusiastically, via The Big Lead. “It hit and kicked over. (pause) I’m sorry, I’m sorry I got that all wrong. I got that all wrong. At the wall Davis made the catch, honestly I didn’t think he made it. I thought he gave up on the ball that’s why I thought it was out.”

Ouch. It was so bad that Sterling didn’t even know how to recover and basically just stopped talking in the middle of his explanation. Considering he has made some epic botched home run calls in the past, you would think Sterling would be used to it. Apparently not.

David Cone mocks John Sterling from Yankees TV booth (Video)

David Cone had some fun at the expense of Yankees radio announcer John Sterling during the fourth inning of Tuesday’s Yankees-Red Sox game. Cody Ross was batting and fouled an 0-1 pitch back towards the announcing booths. The ball went between the Yankees’ radio and TV booths, and TV commentator David Cone immediately began making fun of play-by-play voices Sterling and Michael Kay for avoiding the ball.

Coney gave it particularly hard to Sterling, getting off this instant classic line:

“It is high, it is far, it is on my forehead.”

That of course was Cone’s way of mocking Sterling, who bellows “it is high, it is far, it is gone,” when the Yankees hit home runs. Well done Coney, well done.

What’s strange is that this is the second time in about a week that Sterling has been at the center of foul balls. Last week, his microphone was hit by a foul ball in a Yankees-Rays game:

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John Sterling Botches Austin Kearns Home Run Call … Yeah Baby, Yeah!

John Sterling is the voice of the Yankees on the radio. Apart from his disgusting press box habits, Sterling is well known for his signature calls. More concerned with schtick than content, Sterling has a specific home run call for each one of the Yankees players. For instance, his current calls include “it’s an a-bomb, for A-Rod,” “tex message, you’re on the Mark, Teixeira,” and “Robbie Cano, don’t you know!” Sterling’s calls are so anticipated that many fans and media members speculate on what Sterling’s home run call will be for a player when the Yankees acquire somebody new.

Well the Yanks acquired outfielder Austin Kearns from the Indians at the trade deadline and it took almost two weeks before Kearns hit his first home run in pinstripes. It took Kearns so long, and the power was so unexpected, that the hack was caught off guard. He even forgot to use his line during the home run! Here’s a clip of how it sounded:

Concentrating more on the action and less on the scripting is better for everyone. Thank you.

Why Scripting Play-by-Play Is Bad, by Yankees Announcer John Sterling

When I first started getting exposed to announcers for different teams via satellite radio and mlb.com I actually liked Yankees radio voice John Sterling. I thought his catch phrases were clever and that his shtick set him apart. But the more I heard him the more I realized that his obsession with signature calls detracted from his ability to give a good play-by-play account of the game. Witness his call from Tuesday night on a Hideki Matsui home run:

That’s where the call of the game is becoming more about the announcer than the action and that’s a problem. I like when people let words come to them naturally in an unscripted manor so that the emotion of the exact moment can properly be described as it feels, not as how it should be felt. But anyway, keep up the good work, Johnny. And maybe stay away from the pressbox spread too.

(via Deadspin)