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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sterling's Mets Victory Cry Hits 6.12 Seconds

Anybody who follows world events knows Yank voice John Sterling -- like political counterpart Edward R. Murrow -- employs a signature phrase to instill in listerners a sense of comfort and security.

Generally, Sterling's victory call -- "BALLGAME OVER. THE YANKEES WIN. THU-UH-UH-UH YANKEES WIN!" registers between 5 and 6 seconds on the stopwatch.

Thus, the Sterling Scale gives fans a quick chance to determine the importance of the victory. (Less than five seconds, regardless of the outcome, is technically a loss.)

Saturday's cry, following Mariano's strikeout of Trot Nixon, notched 6.12 seconds.

Here it is:



Thus far, the longest victory cry registered came June 5, following Jason Giambi's three-run, pinch hit HR. It last an incredible 7.25 seconds. (Warning: Don't try this at home.)

Here it is.




Other great calls this year:

2. May 22, Robby Cano RBI beats Baltimore: 6.60 seconds

3. June 19, 2-1 victory over San Diego: 6.39 seconds

4. April 1, Opening Day win over Toronto: 6.32 seconds

5. METS GAME SATURDAY

We at IIH, IIF, IIc call upon John Sterling to beat the 7.25 second mark.

MR. STERLING -- WE WANT 8 SECONDS!

TODAY... EIGHT SECONDS... TODAY.

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