Wednesday, April 7, 2010
It Is High, It Is Far, It Is... Gone! (Sometimes)
6-4! We beat The Scum 6-4! We beat The Scum 6-4! We beat The Scum 6-4!
A-Rod gettin' another clutch hit. Nick Johnson workin' the walk. Robbie Cano takin' it deep. Joba gettin' the job done.
That's the good news. The bad news, 2 games into the season, and John Sterling has already done 5 "It is high! It is far!"s with the ball either being caught, going off the wall, or going foul.
By all accounts -- including that of Jane Heller in her wonderful memoir Confessions of a She-Fan -- Sterling is a wonderful guy. He's good to fans. He appreciates his fame. He knows it's a game, but it's not "only a game."
But he's got to stop this. Red Barber used to teach his listeners that, when you're at the game, or watching on TV, watch the outfielder, not the ball. If you watch the ball, you might think it'll go out, but it might not. (Noted offenders: Mel Allen, Phil Rizzuto, and now Sterling. Apparently, one Yankee broadcaster per generation.) Whereas, if you watch the outfielder, you'll know if he thinks he can catch it, so you'll have a better idea of whether he'll catch it.
That's why "It Is High, It Is Far, It Is... Caught" is one of the best titles for a Yankee Fan blog. I'm not sure if writing it from the perspective of a fan's perception of what John Sterling is thinking works, but I think the author has quite the sense of humor.
Anyway, the Yanks and Sox are going into Game 3 of the series. Then a day off tomorrow, and on to Tampa Bay to play the Deviled Eggs.