Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Suddenly I felt like a helpless victim in an Edgar Allan Poe story. Putting the words “Sterling” and Hall of Fame” in the same sentence was worse than hearing the Raven's “nevermore” AND the beating of the Tell Tale Heart at the same time.
Could it ever happen? I hope not, but hope is not a strategy. Together, we must devise an action plan to make sure Professor Sterling never, ever, EVER lands in Cooperstown. Post, respond, e-mail me. Rack your brains for ideas and then tell me…how can we keep this man out???
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
During tonight’s post-game show, the Voice of the Yankees said he wanted to treat us (and Snoozin’ Waldman) to a few coincidences (or “coinkydinks” in Sterling Speak). He then proceeded to list a few statistics that, for the most part, had nothing in common.
First, Sterling compared tonight’s attendance to last night’s (they were different). Then, he compared the time of game from yesterday to today (they were different). Finally, he pointed out that yesterday, Yankee pitchers struck out six and…wait for it…tonight Yankee pitchers struck out six!
A .333 average is great for a hitter, but in the world of coincidence hunting, it’s no great shakes.
Then, as if by way of explanation, Sterling stated “Now you may ask what this all means.” Well, yes John, I do. His answer? “Nothing,” he said. “It means nothing!” Finally, he realizes what Yankee fans have known for quite some time. His observations are worthless.
Monday, July 26, 2010
During her 11 p.m. update on NY sports radio station WFAN yesterday, announcer Erica Herskowitz commented on how upset NY Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey was after being pulled from the game with a muscle strain.
Now maybe it’s my third-grade sense of humor, but I couldn’t help but chuckle when Herskowitz reported that “Dickey wasn’t happy about being yanked.”
Good thing she wasn’t around when Pete LaCock played for the Royals.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
As the ball left the yard, the Sterling-throated one declared “I’ll C.C. you later!” Then, after an awkward beat in which it seemed Sterling realized just how lame he’s become, he added the attribution: “he said.” Making the whole call “I’ll C.C. you later…he said.”
I get it, his initials are C.C.
I also get that by adding yet another inane home run call which puts the focus on himself instead of the game, Sterling loses the moment.
A pinch hitter, inheriting an 0-2 count from a batter thrown out of the game? Happens every day. A kid hitting his first blast in Yankee stadium? Boring. No, instead let’s focus on silly wordplay so we can all talk about how creative the announcer is. I am really getting fed up.
PS Sterling’s home run call for Juan Miranda was just as poor.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Then cut to the bumbling, stumbling “Voice of the Yankees,” Mr. Sterling. Hopefully, he was paying close attention to the Sheppard tribute and will pick up some pointers from a class act.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
I love the Subway Series for one simple reason: I get to listen to the Yankees on the radio without having to listen to John Sterling. Whenever the cross-town rivals do battle, I tune in to WFAN, the Mets flagship station, and enjoy play-by-play the way it should be.
Baseball fans frequently like to compare teams player by player. When that comparison measures Yanks against Mets, the scale tilts heavily towards the pinstripes. First base? Check. Second base? Check. Starting rotation? Check. Broadcast booth? Flushing, we have a problem.
Any advantage Text has over Ike, any lead Jeter has over Reyes, is dwarfed by the way Howie Rose eclipses John Sterling.
Accuracy? Check. Likeability? Check. Home run call? Don’t even get me started.
Am I ready to switch stations for 162 games a year. No way. I’ll take pinstripes over blue and orange any day. But as far as this weekend is concerned, you’ll find me to the left of the dial, rooting for the Yankees, loving life, and enjoying the best baseball announcing New York has to offer.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
In a thoughtful post on Bleacher Report, Leslie Monteiro blames Sterling for the decline of sports announcers in general. It makes a great deal of sense and is definitely worth a read. Click here for the story.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Cleary, Sterling loves the past. Some of his latest home run calls have their inspiration in the 1940s and 1970s. Now, Steeling is tipping his hat to those hippy, dippy 1960s.
At the end of yesterday’s game, Sterling proudly declared that “Everything is groovy in Yankeeland!” Groovy? Really? I’m all for a little slang from the summer of love, but not when I’m listening to a baseball game in 2010.
To make matters worse, as soon as Suzyn Waldman started her Star-of-the-Game interview, she jumped on the bandwagon with…you guessed it…”This is life without Mariano.”
Cut to commercial. Come back to the broadcast, and how does Sterling begin his post-game wrap up? You guessed. So “this is life without Mariano.” I would be willing to bet he repeated it at least two more times, but I had to turn the radio off because I just couldn’t take it anymore.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I am all for the separation of players and fans, but this seems a bit over the top. Here's a video, what do you think?
In fact, many of the greatest baseball legends of all time are more titillation than truth. Here’s a list of the 50 Biggest Baseball Myths I thought you might enjoy. After reading this, Sterling’s fiction may be a little easier to take. Have fun!
Friday, April 30, 2010
Open a paper, turn on the TV or listen to the radio in the NY area and you’ll hear lots and lots of people who have had it up to here with John Sterling. But, head south and Sterling is king!
You want proof? Just take a look at this fan forum on a site called GatorSports. It’s a Florida love fest! One fan compared listening to Sterling ramble to “an afternoon talking to your grandfather.” That’s a compliment, right? Right?
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
All of which makes me wonder, what would Sterling’s home run call for the President be? Certainly it would start with the obligatory “It is high…it is far…it is gone!” But then what? A few possibilities include:
“It’s an A-Bomba, from O-Bama!”
“That’s gone…and it’s never coming Barack!”
“Oh Mama…there goes Obama!”
“Book it a flight on Air Force Run!”
But these, dear reader, are just the tip of the Sterling iceberg. Put on your thinking caps and send me your best John Sterling Presidential home run call The authors of the top three calls will win a brand new Sterling Stinks T-shirt!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Wikipedia’s description of Magoo makes Balsamini’s confusion understandable:
“Quincy Magoo…gets into a series of sticky situations as a result of his nearsightedness, compounded by his stubborn refusal to admit the problem. Affected people…tend to think that he is a lunatic.”
Well, let’s see. Sterling certainly seems to have vision problems as evidenced by his many home run calls that turn out to be foul (or caught), and his frequent misidentification of players.
You could certainly call Sterling stubborn. Witness his refusal to back off of his widely-ridiculed home run calls and end-of-game calls. And most people I know think he’s a lunatic.
Hmmm. John Sterling. Mr. Magoo. I’ve never seen them photographed together. Could they be one in the same? That would explain plenty.
While our readers have been great at providing us with lists of John Sterling’s less-than-stellar home run calls, we found another site that provides a pretty comprehensive inventory as well.
While the calls are as obnoxious as ever, I find solace in the comments:
- “…once you get to Sterling’s inane ramblings… it makes it impossible to listen to a Yankee game on the radio.”
- “Sterling and Waldman have the worst broadcast team in the bigs”
- “The tag team of Sterling and Waldman is intolerable”
And my personal favorite: “Sterling Sucks.” See Grumpus? I am not alone. Find the list here.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
During this evening’s game in Oakland, Sterling, the Yankees radio announcer, commented on how drab the A’s Coliseum is. It’s very “unpretty,” Sterling groaned. In fact, “it’s the unprettiest ballpark in the major leagues.”
Just as Tom Hanks exclaimed “there’s no crying in baseball,” I say, “there’s no flowery language in baseball!” You can tell by the name of this site that I am not one to beat around the bush (It’s called Sterling Stinks…not Sterling Annoys my Sensibilities).
So why “unpretty?” Why not…oh, I don’t know…maybe: ugly, awful, hideous, disgusting, terrible…you get the idea.
Why does Sterling make these misguided word choices? I don’t know. Maybe he’s bored. Maybe he’s oblivious. Or maybe he’s just unsmart.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- The beverage is caffeine free so it won’t keep you up. Sterling’s voice puts me right to sleep.
- The beverage is light and bubbly, but has no real substance. Ditto for JS.
- While it may seem refreshing at first, its bland taste gets old fast.
- When exposed for any length of time, it loses its fizz and becomes flat and boring. Kind of like Sterling by the second inning.
Any other similarities?
Monday, April 19, 2010
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Brett Gardner hit a grounder that went right through the legs of Rangers second baseman Joaquin Arias. Was it catchable? Absolutely. Was it an error? Yes…to just about everyone except the official scorer who, feeling a little home town love, gave Gardner a hit.
Kay immediately took offense. “Oh come on!” he said. “That’s a shocker. I had it as E4. Come on!”
As discussed before right here at Sterling Stinks, rooting is one thing, but being an all out Homer can get annoying. Good job, Mr. Kay.
Friday, April 16, 2010
If John Sterling is coming to us from the Lowe’s Broadcast Booth, then why is he spending so much time in Home Depot?
When Googling “John Sterling,” I wondered why I got so many links to Home Depot. The answer? It seems that "John Sterling" is also the name of a company that manufactures home hardware products.
Visit your local Home Depot and you’ll find a wide selection of John Sterling (the company) pegs, hooks and hangers to meet your storage needs. Good idea! We wish John Sterling (the announcer) would hang it up as well.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Maybe…just maybe…there’s no need to create a custom-made home run call for every player. As the old proverb states, sometimes it’s better to stay quiet and be thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt.
In the top of the ninth inning of today’s loss to the Angels, Waldman stated that relief pitcher Fernando Rodney was “throwing up in the pen.” After repeating the gaff (twice!), Waldman corrected herself (“warming up”) and moved on.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
You’ll have seven minutes to correctly identify calls for 15 different Yankees, including Jeter, Cano and (my fave) Bernie Williams. Put on your thinking cap and click here to take the quiz. Good luck!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Of course, most compliments of Sterling are back-handed at best. For example, before giving Sterling his due, this writer states:
“Sterling has been much-maligned for his silly home run calls and for not always following the action on Yankees games, and for letting his considerable ego loose on most nights.”
Thursday, April 8, 2010
As popular as this call is, Hodges took some heat for his gusto. Red Barber, the low-key Dodger’s announcer, considered it questionable journalism. As for his call of the homer, Barber responded to the blast with 59 seconds of dramatic silence, letting his listeners soak up the ambient sound. Wonder what he would say about the Grandyman?
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
After Granderson went yard against Jonathan Papelbon in tonight's 10th inning, the head scratching began as, for some unknown reason, Sterling repeated his now infamous “Something sort of Grandish” call.
But wait. It gets worse. Since one egotistical call may not be enough, Stelring then proceeded to serenade his listners buy singing “The Grandyman can, the Grandyman can.” This is apparently his take on the song “The Candy Man,” featured in the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
“Something sort of Grandish” is based on the 1947 Broadway musical Finnian’s Rainbow. Willy Wonka came out in 1971. I guess this is Sterling’s idea of getting with the times.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Writing for the timesunion.com blogs, Jordan Carleo-Evangelist drafted an open letter to Mr. Sterling questioning his questionable home run call for Curtis Granderson. Read the story here.
Monday, April 5, 2010
No doubt, Rodriquez had his best post-season in pinstripes, and he certainly helped bring the championship home…but “as good a play-offs as any player’s ever had” seems a bit strong.
In the World Series, A-Rod hit .250 with six RBIs and one HR. Those numbers put him nowhere near the top of any major batting statistic in World Series’ history. Even in Yankee Land, we have Babe Ruth hitting four homers, Bobby Richardson with 12 RBI and, just last year, Hideiki Matsui hit .615 in the Fall Classic.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Curtis Granderson’s 455-foot, second inning home run delighted many Yankee fans on opening night, but none more than Sterling. In addition to showing off yet another inane home run call, Sterling continued to gush about Granderson like a love-struck schoolgirl.
The love fest distracted Sterling so much that he referred to left fielder Brett Gardner as Granderson later that same inning.
Opening night box score: Sterling 1, Accuracy 0.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
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Friday, April 2, 2010
Today, Taibbi invites Yankee fans to send him gloating e-mails. In fact, if he gets 1,000 letters, Taibbi promises to "post a video of myself on YouTube listening to an endless loop of John Sterling’s The-e-e-e-e-e Yankees win!" Talk about torture. Jeez Matt, we wouldn't wish that on our worst enemy!
By the way, today's article is a thoughtful look at eight ways to increase parity in baseball and is definitely worth a read.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Many Yankee fans will, no doubt, celebrate the move. Until they check the calendar.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
I can’t wait for opening day against the Red Sox, yet my excitement is tempered with the knowledge that this also means another year of John Sterling blowing calls and hot air.
While surfing the Web, I came upon a well-thought-out argument against the announcer. Here’s the link.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Charges range from dipping his finger into the ice cream barrel, to breaking snacks in half and leaving the remains for others. All this proves that, unlike the rest of us, John Sterling can have his cake and eat it, too…and leave the rest for some poor slob to clean up. Read the whole story here.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
No matter how much he annoys us, we certainly wish John Sterling no harm. That said, we certainly got a kick out of an NBC Sports blog that talked about Yankee skipper Joe Girardi whacking Sterling upside the head with a metal chair. Read the story here.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
It is… perhaps the most annoying home run call in baseball history. Sterling constantly strives to shine the light on himself, instead of the on-field action. This call is a perfect example.
It is not enough for Sterling to distract from the game with one over-the-top call; he needs to add stupid wordplay that only distracts from the action more.
Despite the fact that Sterling will frequently bemoan the over use of stats, he overuses stats.
His total lack of chemistry with Suzyn Wladman. Really…is she even in the same building?
It’s one thing being a homer, it is another to spend sooooo much time reporting attendance figures. Seriously, count the number of times he mentions this.