I love this. Absolutely love it. It’s just for one inning, and it could lead to some funny clips if anything miraculous happens. If something unremarkable happens in that inning, then you’re robbed of one (1) Joey Castig inning out of thousands in a season. I love Castig, but John Sterling in the Boston booth is a hysterical idea to me. I didn’t know I needed this switcharoonie until the news cross these blessed eyeballs. I feel like a lot of people are gonna be out on this, but I’m all in.
Yankees fans specifically don’t really have much to look forward to in this upcoming series considering they’re down 10.5 games and they stink out loud. I’m happy for them getting something to breathe new life into this set of games. Maybe Castiglione will be able to push them towards a late season surge so they can get the division deficit down to single digits again and secure the invaluable Home Field Advantage (for the Wild Card game, sure, but that’s besides the point).
Castiglione painting the picture of Mike Stanton striking out on three pitches is a nice thought, but I’m even more excited for Sterling to do his thing when the Red Sox are at the dish.
If you know anything about John Sterling, you know about his cheesy calls whenever a Yankee homers. If you don’t, educate yourself with the videos below. I couldn’t find a greatest hits video on YouTube so I provided specific examples instead.
I’ve reached a point in my life where I’ve actually grown to love Sterling’s homer calls in a vacuum. I don’t like the Yankees hitting dingers, but I do like Sterling saying “THE GRANDY MAN CAN!! OH CURTIS, YOU’RE SOMETHING SORT OF, GRANISH!!” or “LIKE A GOOD GLEYBER, TORRES IS THERE!!!!” or my personal favorite “MARK SENDS A TEXT MESSAGE TO RIGHT! OH, YOU’RE ON THE MARK TEIXEIRA!” It’s funny, and you cannot convince me otherwise. Take it for what it is–just some goofy stuff you hear during a baseball game–and it’s far more enjoyable than you’d think.
The one thing I have in terms of a critique is the fact that it’s only one inning. That leaves only a few chances for a Sox player to hit a homer and to give Sterling a chance to coin a phrase for one of our guys. I need that like I need air to breathe and one inning might not cut it. In fact, I’ve taken the liberty to draft a few Sterling-esque nicknames that may be hollered onto the airwaves of 93.7 FM if a Boston player does go yard in that inning.
“YOU CAN BETTS THE HOUSE ON MOOKIE!! HE SMASHES ONE TO LEFT FIELD. OH MOOKIE, YOU’RE SO SPOOKY!!”
“IT’S AN H-R, FOR J-D!! JD POWER DRIVES IN THREE OF HIS ASSOCIATES ON A GRAND SLAM!!”
“ANDREW TURNS ON HIS BENINTENDO, AND SAYS GAME OVER TO THAT BALL!!
“MITCH FINDS MORE-LAND OUT IN THE BLEACHERS, AS HE CRUSHES ONE TO RIGHT CENTER!! OH MITCH, YOUR SKILLS ARE RICH!!”
“IT’S A BOGEY BLAST!! X MARKS THE SPOT, AND IT’S IN STRAIGHTAWAY CENTER!!”
“RAFFY DUCK HITS A DETHHHHHHHHHPICABLY LONG HOMER INTO THE NIGHT!! NEVER DOUBT DEVERS!!”
“SOME R-B-I’S, FOR J-B-J!! A TWO RUN SHOT FOR BRADLEY!! OH JACKIE, YOU’RE SO WHACKIE!!”
“AND STEVEN PEARCES THE NIGHT SKY WITH A THREE RUN HOMER!!”
“BLAKE CRUSHES THE SWI-HARTS OF YANKEE FANS WITH A HOME RUN! OH BLAKE, YOU’RE ANYTHING BUT FAKE!”
“IT’S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP OF THE BLEACHERS IF YOU WANNA BROCK AND ROLL! HOLT CHARGES A BOLT INTO THAT ONE! HE’S AS SOLID AS A BROCK!”
I’m open to suggestions as well.
Obligatory John Sterling videos to conclude are below.