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    2012 John Sterling Performance Thread

    It's the top of the 2nd inning on Opening Day in Tampa, and Sterling has botched three significant play calls already. A-Rod just led off with a basehit, and he made it sound like an easy flyout.

    His voice and his intonation is fine, but the guy cannot follow a baseball game smoothly anymore and he's been stumbling over his words when trying to call a play. It's infuriating to try and follow the games listening to him at times.
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    His tone in the first made me believe Granderson got a base it... not a double play.

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    What was the Ibanez home run call?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carsten Charles View Post
    What was the Ibanez home run call?
    "Oh, Raul be seeing you!"

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    Currently: Game one of the season, bottom of the fifth

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    Had to run to Home Depot-- turned on the game in the car:

    "Nunez a hiiiigh chopper to short.. uh pitch.. and it gets past Pujols and rolls to the wall."

    I had absolutely no clue what happened until he explained it afterward.
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    Re: 2012 John Sterling Performance Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Coffee View Post
    Had to run to Home Depot-- turned on the game in the car:

    "Nunez a hiiiigh chopper to short.. uh pitch.. and it gets past Pujols and rolls to the wall."

    I had absolutely no clue what happened until he explained it afterward.
    I didn't see the game today--I have to know what actually did happen. Every statement there seems to contradict every other statement. What happened in the play he was talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soriambi View Post
    I didn't see the game today--I have to know what actually did happen. Every statement there seems to contradict every other statement. What happened in the play he was talking about?
    Nunez grounded to the pitcher who made an error on the throw to first.
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    Re: 2012 John Sterling Performance Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Coffee View Post
    Nunez grounded to the pitcher who made an error on the throw to first.
    So Sterling thought that a hit ball snagged by the pitcher was going to SS? I guess I can see that, but if the pitcher overthrew the throw, did it go to the RF foul wall, or the back wall in fair territory? I can't see a pitcher airmailing a ball and it goes to the back wall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Coffee View Post
    Nunez grounded to the pitcher who made an error on the throw to first.
    Ahhhh, now it all makes sense.
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    C'mon... c'mon... it's not that bad... I like to think of him as " Casey Stengel at the Mike" ....
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    He's still better than Suzyn who spent an inning the other night ranting on how you are possibly able to order a pizza online and get it delivered.

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    Re: 2012 John Sterling Performance Thread

    His postgame Sunday night was rambling.
    He couldn't remember if he had mentioned the turning point of the game... seemed to be looking around for a sheet of paper somewhere...

    Not that many people were listening at 11:50 pm

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    Re: 2012 John Sterling Performance Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Snatch Catch View Post
    "Oh, Raul be seeing you!"

    Followed immedietely by

    "Rah-oool, so cool!"
    It's in here:
    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/video...63887&c_id=mlb

    Pretty bad...
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    Re: 2012 John Sterling Performance Thread

    Can anyone point a finger on when he got so bad? I mean, in the mid 90's when he added Yankees Win, Theeee Yankees Win, it was good... Bern Baby Bern wasn't terrible... it's when he got beyond that that he got terrible... when was that? Early 2000's? What players did it start with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankeesrule View Post
    Can anyone point a finger on when he got so bad? I mean, in the mid 90's when he added Yankees Win, Theeee Yankees Win, it was good... Bern Baby Bern wasn't terrible... it's when he got beyond that that he got terrible... when was that? Early 2000's? What players did it start with?
    Bernie goes boom.... was an early one.
    But the early 'calls' were very... impromptu. Now, they're all contrived and rehearsed.
    When listening on the radio, the game has become about Sterling and not about the game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by effdamets View Post
    Bernie goes boom.... was an early one.
    But the early 'calls' were very... impromptu. Now, they're all contrived and rehearsed.
    When listening on the radio, the game has become about Sterling and not about the game.
    Even "An A-Bomb from A-Rod" seemed to be in the heat of the moment when he first said it.

    It's now "The John Sterling Show, with limited interruption of Yankees baseball".

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    C'mon admit it..you all love the guy and would miss him when he's gone.
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    Re: 2012 John Sterling Performance Thread

    Last night during the post game show he started a sentence, then said something like "Oh, I dropped that, it's my fault...hold on a minute". Then there was dead silence for a good 5-6 seconds which is an eternity in radio. I could swear I heard papers shuffling, then he picked up talking about Jeter's HR. It was pretty awkward.
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    Vin Scully he's not. Hopefully he announces his retirement this year. The first year of the new stadium, when they opened the gates 3 hours before game time, I saw him walking in. "HI JOHN!" I might as well been dead, walked right past me with 0% acknowledgment.

    Mchael Kay can actually call a good game, but he digresses too much. I like the former ball player combos the best - with my favorite being Singleton and O'Neil. Lou Pinella is also doing a good job, much better than Tito on ESPN.
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    Re: 2012 John Sterling Performance Thread

    While I was in the bathroom, Sterling was talking about the Penguins (and maybe something else not related to Yankee baseball). I could've sworn I heard him call the team a "ballclub".

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    I'm not sure if anyone noticed last night but he clearly caught whatever Gardner, Cano and Nova had. I don't know if it was the flu or a bad cold, but he was clearly not himself last night.

    And there wasn't even an el capitan or the grandy man can after their home runs.

    He was also making more mistakes than usual, even for him.

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    Re: 2012 John Sterling Performance Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JfromJersey View Post
    C'mon admit it..you all love the guy and would miss him when he's gone.
    That's the thing about play by play guys on the radio - you won't miss them as long as the games are on the radio.
    And you can rest assured that the Yankees will continue to broadcast Yankee games over the airwaves long after Mr Sterling is gone.
    So the next guy that steps in (hopefully soon) will allow us to forget John Sterling....

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    Another note on last night's radio broadcast. I don't know if any of you heard it, but Kristie Ackert was the New York Daily News's writer on the Daily News 5th and was flat out brutal. She seemed like she was afraid to talk, had zero personality, and Waldman and Sterling had to almost force words out of her. It sounded like a girl meeting her boyfriend's parents for the 1st time.

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