John Sterling Drops Unprecedented 10.05 Second Win Warble

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The John Sterling worship blog It Is High, It Is Far, It Is....Caught spent the 2009 season recording and rating the Yankee announcer's victory calls, aka the win warble. Last night's World Series clincher was a real doozy, topping the previously unheard of 10 second mark and shattering eardrums from the Bronx to the Battery, from Tarrytown to Tampa, and from Hartford to Hoboken.

To wit:


It's like they invented the word "caterwaul" specifically for this moment. But hey, I loves me some John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. What's that, you say they are unabashed homers? Oh yeah? Name one radio announcer outside of Vin Scully who isn't. Exactly, it's the nature of the beast. At least John and Suzyn are professionals who do a heck of a job illustrating the game through the spoken word.

I've listened to radio announcers across this great land for years on the satellite and, with the exception of Scully and maybe Joe Castiglione, none of them can hold a candle to Sterling and Waldman. Despite Waldman's one emotionally-challenged Roger Clemens moment and Sterling's affinity for quoting lyrics from 1940's Broadway musicals, there is no greater pair on the radio today.

Yes, I will be making my maiden voyage to Cooperstown at some point in the next twelve months just to see Suzyn's scorecard from last night. It's far more interesting an artifact than Brian Bruney's jock strap.


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5 Comments

What is it you like about Sterling? Is it those insanely long pauses between ball/strike calls? His complete inability to describe something to a radio audience? Or the way he barely lets Suzyn get a word in edgewise?

All of the above!

Jon Miller calls games on the radio for the Giants...

I like Jon Miller, too, Ed.
Too bad he has Joe Morgan surgically grafted to his hip.

Jon Miller always did a good job announcing video game baseball games; not sure how he is on radio for the Giants.

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