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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Where No John Has Gone Before

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Cheers to commenter Leinstery for hipping us to this sensational New York Post interview with the Voice of the New York Yankees, John Sterling--or as reporter Dean Balsamini calls him, "The William Shatner of play-by-play." In this groundbreaking piece, John unveils some of the thought processes that go into his signature home run calls even as he composes them before a reporter's eyes. Unprecedented!
A Matt Holliday blast will launch Sterling into song, either Irving Berlin’s “Happy Holiday” or Perry Como’s “Home for the Holidays.” When a reporter suggested Madonna’s 1983 breakout dance track “Holiday,” Sterling said he hadn’t heard it, but would take a listen and consider it.
Go read the whole interview. I just did, and I'm shaking like a leaf!

3 comments:

el duque said...

"He said his top-five catch-phrases include, 'Robbie Cano, don’cha know?' 'Jorgie juiced one!' (Jorge Posada), sing-song 'The Grandy-man can!' (Curtis Granderson, in reference to the 1972 Sammy Davis Jr. hit 'The Candy Man') and 'Bern, baby, bern!' (Bernie Williams), a lyrical lift from The Trammps 1976 hit, 'Disco Inferno.'

"But the overwhelming fan favorite is 'An A-bomb from A-Rod!'”

Classic Sterling.

KD said...

Additionally, 'Bern, baby, bern' (Disco Inferno) was adopted in The Stadium after a big hit by Bernie. Some of my favorite memories from the old stadium. The Master's influence extended beyond the broadcast booth.

Anonymous said...

I SAY IT'S GOING TO BE IRVING BERLIN ON THE HOLLIDAY HOMERS.