• Sterling, But, Not Sunny?

    Posted by on June 25th, 2013 · Comments (11)

    Via Bob Raissman

    You don’t need a room full of Sabermetricians, those binders Joe (Joey Looseleafs) Girardi relies on, or even the most astute baseball minds in town to know exactly where the Yankees are at.

    All it takes is a radio. The words exiting the mouths of John (Pa Pinstripe) Sterling and Suzyn (Ma Pinstripe) Waldman on WCBS-AM, along with their tone of voice, mimics the team’s heartbeat, or lack there of.

    While the illustrious history of Ma and Pa is marked by a severe case of pom-pom breath, even they can hit low points. When this happens, when things are just not going well for the Bombers, the sounds can be irrational, even defeatist.

    Sterling took Yankee loyalists down that dark alley Sunday afternoon. It was a command performance by Pa. On Old-Timers’ Day, no less. This is an afternoon dedicated to honor tradition and the past. With Yogi, Whitey, Larsen, Guidry, Sweet Luigi and assorted other Bronx heroes (including Derek Jeter) in the house, Sterling did what many would consider unthinkable, even blasphemous.

    He quit on the Yankees.

    Or was he just being realistic?

    The frustration level, produced by the Pinstriped Pea-Shooter Offense, had been building in the booth all afternoon. In the top of the eighth inning, with the Yankees down 3-1, it got to him. Frustration turned to resignation.

    “Isn’t it something, Suzyn,” Sterling, raising his voice, said. “If the Yankees would have won this game today they would have been tied with Boston in the loss column for first place and one (game) ahead of Baltimore — amazing.”

    Again, Sterling did not make this pronouncement on the postgame show. This was the eighth inning. The Yankees still had two cracks at coming back from a two-run deficit. And just in case you didn’t hear him, Sterling made the same point (the exact same way) a couple of minutes later.

    Guess he thought this was a risk worth taking. If the Yankees made up the two-run deficit and won the game, he would’ve come up looking like a buffoon.

    Sterling was willing to gamble. Even he, in his 24th season of screeching platitudes, has no faith in the Yankees offense.

    Sterling’s declaration of capitulation means that offense is now officially punchless.

    Then again, maybe he lost track of the innings. Would that be a first?

    Comments on Sterling, But, Not Sunny?

    1. LMJ229
      June 25th, 2013 | 6:53 pm

      You mean Sterling made the call before the outcome was known?! John Sterling?! No way!! :)

    2. Evan3457
      June 25th, 2013 | 6:58 pm

      Another marker in the nearly limitless horizon of craptasticness (craptastosity?) that is John Sterling, Ace Radio play-by-play guy

    3. June 25th, 2013 | 7:31 pm

      Again, between Sterling and Waldman and Francesa , Raissman has a real magnificent obsession thing going on. His entire job seems to boil down to listening to Mike in the afternoon, and Pa and Ma Pinstripe in the evening, and then writing a column critical of something they said. Sterling’s play call is just so unbelievably bad it’s just too easy to criticize.

    4. LMJ229
      June 25th, 2013 | 9:15 pm

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Sterling’s play call is just so unbelievably bad it’s just too easy to criticize.

      Do any members of the Yankees front office listen to him on the radio? I don’t understand how he continues to be employed.

    5. June 25th, 2013 | 9:23 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Do any members of the Yankees front office listen to him on the radio? I don’t understand how he continues to be employed.

      This could be his last year. If it’s not, then the only way he’s going out is death.

    6. BOHAN
      June 25th, 2013 | 9:39 pm

      I struggle to listen to the games on the radio they’re both so insanely bad

    7. LMJ229
      June 25th, 2013 | 11:17 pm

      I’m surprised the Yankees aren’t embarrassed into doing something actually.

    8. 77yankees
      June 25th, 2013 | 11:36 pm

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Again, between Sterling and Waldman and Francesa , Raissman has a real magnificent obsession thing going on.

      Don’t forget any and all things YES Network as well. But he does have his mega-man crushes as well….Mad Dog Russo, Phil Simms, and that satellite sports talk Dino guy nobody’s ever heard of.

      But anyway, how bad are Yankee radiocasts?? I have the At Bat app so I can listen to games at work on my phone, and when the Yankees have a day game, I listen to the other team’s radio feed.

    9. MJ Recanati
      June 26th, 2013 | 10:39 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Do any members of the Yankees front office listen to him on the radio?

      LOL, considering it’s his voice doing the play-by-play that’s piped into the speakers on all concourses at Yankee Stadium, I’d imagine the front office has heard him at least once or twice, even if it was in passing to go to the bathroom or to go from one office to another.

      :-D

    10. MJ Recanati
      June 26th, 2013 | 10:41 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      I’m surprised the Yankees aren’t embarrassed into doing something actually.

      Apparently they must like his homerism and his schtick, otherwise they’d have done something already. I mean, a team that prides itself on being first-class-everything is stuck with both a TV and a radio team that is less than stellar. Considering it used to be Mel Allen’s booth, it’s hard to believe these broadcasters are employed for any reason other than someone at Yankee HQ really likes them.

    11. Raf
      June 26th, 2013 | 12:53 pm

      Sterling should be up for retirement soon. I’m used to his shtick, so it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as others.

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