John Sterling’s Notable Lack Of Spontaneity (And A Great Home Run Celebration)

I was reading Baseball Prospectus’ “The Week In Quotes” column yesterday when something struck me as fairly odd. It was a quote from Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling, and it went like this:

“I like things to be spontaneous. Besides, there’s not much you can do with it. The number one Yankee in hits in history? The names are Gehrig, Ruth, DiMaggio and Mantle—what an honor. What else is there to say?” (on how he’ll call Derek Jeter taking over the Yankees mark for career hits)

John Sterling is many things. He is gregarious, misleading, passionate, exuberant, biased, overwhelming, underwhelming, and possibly blind. But he is not spontaneous. After all, he regularly and automatically uses the following catch phrases when a Yankee hits a home run:

  • “An A-Bomb, from A-Rod!” – Alex Rodriguez (and, infamously, Hideki Matsui)
  • “The Melkman delivers!” – Melky Cabrera
  • “El Capitan!” – Derek Jeter
  • “It’s a Tex Message!” and “You’re on the Mark, Teixeira!” – Mark Teixeira
  • “It’s a thrilla by Godzilla!” – Hideki Matsui
  • “Robbie Cano, don’t ya know!” – Robinson Cano
  • “Hinske with your best shot!” – Eric Hinske

EDIT: An observant and industrious reader has pointed out it’s “El Capitan” and not “El Capitano.” Serves me right.

You get the point. John Sterling is not spontaneous. Now, on a less cranky note, I give you the Milwaukee Brewers’ amazing team celebration after a recent Prince Fielder walk-off homer. Baseball needs more of this, if for no other reason than to get the ornery Baby Boomers riled up (starts at the 0:50 mark):

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3 Responses to John Sterling’s Notable Lack Of Spontaneity (And A Great Home Run Celebration)

  1. Ber says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s “El Capitan” without the “o”. If you’re gonna nitpick, you gotta do it right.

  2. Judi says:

    I think I’ve also heard Sterling call Matsui “Upperdeki” when his home runs get up there. No, Sterling’s not spontaneous at all. “The Yankees win! Theeeeeeeeeeeeee Yankees win!”

  3. TBone says:

    Do you think Prince just managed to step on everyone’s toes upon landing? Just a thought…

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