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A New Day

Let’s never mind that unpleasantness, okay? Tex and Youk return tonight and yeah, it’s more angst with Boston in town, but what the hell?

Now is a time for optimism. Whadda ya say?

Picture Via Magnificent Ruin.

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1 RagingTartabull   ~  May 31, 2013 8:51 am

if The Boss was alive there wouldn't be 93 degrees in New York today

2 RagingTartabull   ~  May 31, 2013 8:51 am

*it wouldn't be

3 Alex Belth   ~  May 31, 2013 8:55 am

You know what I miss about George? Nothing.

4 RagingTartabull   ~  May 31, 2013 9:46 am

I kinda miss the "missives"

5 Alex Belth   ~  May 31, 2013 10:00 am

Yeah, I know. There is a fondness for his insanity. But when he was alive and kicking I mostly despised the way he handled things.

6 Alex Belth   ~  May 31, 2013 10:04 am

Got this e-mail from a friend during the game last night:

"We were in the car on the way home when John Sterling did one of his inimitable false home run calls on a long foul ball by Boesch, I think it was----it is high,IT IS FAR, IT IS......[[long, long pause, followed by deflated by unapologetic]]] a foul ball,"-----and I almost punched out the radio. They really need to put that old bastard out to pasture, either that or get him a spotter, and they ought to send Suzyn (or however the fuck she misspells it) with him, and start over by teaming someone who can see, from directly behind home plate, where the fucking ball is going, and someone who can talk without sounding like she's got a mouthful of marbles. Jesus, it's the Yankees. Surely someone competent would want the job."

So good.

7 RagingTartabull   ~  May 31, 2013 10:30 am

[6] HA!

I'll say this for them...if you ever listen to an out-of-market radio broadcast, it's usually the most boring/cookie cutter/textbook thing ever. Obviously guys like Scully are amazing, but listen to a Diamondbacks or an Astros broadcast sometime. It's like HEARING paint dry, it's god awful.

So as bad as they are...well shit, at least they're original.

and as for the George stuff, yeah totally. The misplaced nostalgia belongs mostly to guys on deadline who can't be bothered to do any actual analysis of the current team (coughIANOCONNORcoughcough)

8 Alex Belth   ~  May 31, 2013 10:41 am

7) The wife and I have the MLB app on our phones so we've been listening to a lot of games from around the country and you are so right about that. Waldman and Sterling would be easier for me to enjoy if they called games for anyone but the Yankees but then again there is something comic and fitting about having them work for the Yanks. Would their pomp work for the Brewers?

9 Sliced Bread   ~  May 31, 2013 10:45 am

6) Quality rant for sure, but I can hang with "The Lumpy & Chuckles Radio Show."
I've learned to enjoy them, and I might even miss them when they're gone.
Between his occasional gaffes, and mildly irritating schtick, Sterling delivers some terrific calls, and Suzyn's honest passion for the game is endearing.

10 vockins   ~  May 31, 2013 10:50 am

Sterling and Waldman aren't good by any stretch of the imagination, but the previously mentioned MLB AtBat app has informed me that they are far from the worst. I haven't deliberately listened to every broadcast team, but I have no idea how some of those people got those jobs. It's insane.

The best I've heard besides the obviously superior Scully is the A's and Mets.

11 Sliced Bread   ~  May 31, 2013 10:53 am

8) Sterling's pipes, and Vaudevillian delivery could probably play in Peoria, but Suzyn's pickleish flavah is distinctly Northeastern.

12 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  May 31, 2013 10:54 am

[7] Second that. People everywhere else in America think the Yankees are soulless and corporate. Having goofy radio like John and Suzyn is one of the proofs that isn't true.

And I agree with [9] - you feel that Suzyn cares along with you, and it erases some other sins. Turns out there's a right way and a wrong way to be a passionate announcer. You want Waldman, or you want Hawk Harrelson?

13 Sliced Bread   ~  May 31, 2013 11:22 am

12) exactly.

Anyway, now that summer's finally here, it'll take a lot worse than Sterling and Waldman to harsh my baseball buzz.

The dormant Mets fans that are buzzing today are like cicadas emerging from the ground and chirping for the first time in what feels like 16 years.

Bring on the Red Sox!

14 monkeypants   ~  May 31, 2013 11:43 am

[7] I'll say this for them...if you ever listen to an out-of-market radio broadcast, it's usually the most boring/cookie cutter/textbook thing ever.

Yes, and I love all those other broadcast teams for their textbook, cookie-cutter approach. So much more do I enjoy games called that way. In fact, when I used to bother listening to games, I always opted for the opposing team's feed (except the Chisox).

15 Alex Belth   ~  May 31, 2013 1:12 pm
16 Sliced Bread   ~  May 31, 2013 1:42 pm

15) that's classic Sterling. He gets in his own way sometimes, but otherwise delivers the goods.

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