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Since: 2.1.02
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Every single broadcaster out there has a stupid saying or exclamation that they like to use. I really don't like most of them. My least favorite of these is my own hometown guy, Lanny Frattare, who caps off every Pirates win with the phrase "And there was NOOOO Doubt about it!" even if the Pirates have just rallied from six runs down in the ninth. I'm sure my fellow 'Burgher OlFuzzyBastard can back me up on this.

Anyway, what broadcaster and accompanying line do you guys hate the most? And why?



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The Chicago White Sox duo DRIVE ME UP THE WALL.

They're not afraid to root root root for the hometeam, even at the expense of coming off as SEVERLY biased and at times really lame.

Their call "YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOOOOOOOOOARD! YESSSSSSS!" is retarded and sounds scripted every single time they say it.

Calls that are not natural need not be used in a broadcast.

I really like the Atlanta Braves foursome. They're a bunch of guys just attending a ballgame - who happen to know all kinds of quirky little stats. They don't get rowdy, and they don't overly pimp the Braves but are still able to get across that this is their network. Best of all, no stupid homerun calls.

I actually like the Cubs guys as well. Joe Carter is incredibly silly - but not in a bad way. You can feel him learning the ropes, despite three years experience, every single time out to the ballgame. And Chip's voice is very baseball oriented.

The FOX guys who do the Yankees and World Series are good at making games feel big, even if they're meaningless dog days of summer events with two bottom of the barrel teams.

But the White Sox duo must go.




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Tops on my list:

John Sterling. "The Yankees win. the-e-e-e-e-e Yankees win."



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    Originally posted by cfgb
    The Chicago White Sox duo DRIVE ME UP THE WALL.


Geeze - I kinda like that as a home run call. But I do hate the rest of whatever Hawk and whoever his partner do.

I sure miss Harry and Steve from the old Cubs booth. "Holy Cow" and then Steve really telling us why something happened. God, he knew the game!

And I like Joe Carter too - but I wouldn't be sorry to see Steve come back and replace him. Steve Stone is the best color man I have ever heard. He's in a league with Tim McCarver, who is also very good.



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It's not an accompanying line, but John Madden has said the single DUMBEST thing I've ever heard:

"I've never seen a running back jack off a lineman like that!"

I'm pretty sure he meant to say "jack UP" or "shrug off."



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Since: 31.1.02
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i can't stand the braves announcers. they have gotten better in the last couple of years, but their biased commentating can be downright annoying sometimes. actually, when they were playing the tigers recently, one of the announcers made a comment something to the effect of "the interleague games bring a lot of new faces that we haven't seen before, but looking up and down at this tigers roster, i hardly recognize any of these guys." while that is true, this may be one of those times that saying something everyone else is thinking is probably better off not being said.

anyhow, the best announcers i've heard are sean mcdonough and jerry remy for the red sox. i've never heard two announcers more relaxed and comfortable while calling a game and remy seems to be the most knowledgable color commentator i've heard.



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"the interleague games bring a lot of new faces that we haven't seen before, but looking up and down at this tigers roster, i hardly recognize any of these guys."

I wouldn't call that biased, so much as they're a young team. I didn't hear the comment, so I can't suggest that it wasn't a snide remark, but having watched alot of Braves games with this particular crew, I have a real hard time imagining them being sarcastic like that.




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The all time King of the Dumb Sayings was ex Met announcer Ralph Kiner. This may be ever so slightly off of topic since I'm not talking about catch phrases per se, but no one can match these gems from Ralph when he was around.

"Sanchez slides into second with a stand up double."

"All of Orosco's saves have come in relief appearences."

"The Padres have lost 13 games in a row without winning a ball game..."

"If (don't remember who) were alive today he'd be spinning in his grave!"

"We've only got our leadoff batter on once this entire inning..."

"All of the Mets road victories over the cubs this season have come at Wrigley Field."

"The reason the Mets have played so well at Shea this year is they have the best home record in baseball."

and my all time favorite....

"He's going to be out of action the rest of his career."

I miss that man!

(edited by Triple Preperation H on 30.6.02 0331)


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    Originally posted by cfgb
    "the interleague games bring a lot of new faces that we haven't seen before, but looking up and down at this tigers roster, i hardly recognize any of these guys."

    I wouldn't call that biased, so much as they're a young team. I didn't hear the comment, so I can't suggest that it wasn't a snide remark, but having watched alot of Braves games with this particular crew, I have a real hard time imagining them being sarcastic like that.



sorry for my confusing remark. this was a separate statement from the braves announcers being biased and has nothing to do with anything...just a random oberservation.



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I was recalling something I read in a book that had a little section about dumb baseball broadcaster sayings, and one of the quotes was from (former?) Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman, who when calling a flyball that was hit deep to Dave Winfield said, "Winfield goes back, and, and, he hits his head on the wall, and now it's rolling back toward the infield. This is a terrible thing for the Padres."

I thought that was pretty damn stupid, (and funny).



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    Originally posted by odessasteps
    Tops on my list:

    John Sterling. "The Yankees win. the-e-e-e-e-e Yankees win."



Hands down winner. John Sterling. Yuck.



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Trips, those Ralph Kiner sayings sure align with a couple other New Yorkers who had a number of memorable sayings: Casey Stengel and Yogi Berra. Thanks for posting them. Did you just know them, or did they come out of a book I could get my hands on?

Here's some of Yogi's

"I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up I change bats....
After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?"
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"Slump? I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hitting."
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"You give a hundred percent in the first half of the game, and if that isn't enough,
in the second half you give what's left."
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"Nobody goes to that restaurant anymore, it's too crowded."
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"It gets late early out there"
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"I really didn't say everything I said"
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"Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical."
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"You can observe a lot by watching."
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"I usually take a two hour nap, from one o'clock to four."
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On the tight 1973 National League pennant race:
"It ain't over 'til its over."
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On being asked why Johnny Bench hit more homeruns than he did:"Most of his homeruns were hit on artificial turf."
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Okay, having been born and raised a White Sox fan, I have to say I love their broadcast team, though not nearly as much as I did when Tom Paciorek was doing color instead of Darrin Jackson. TP brought a lot more smoothness and analysis to the booth, that DJ just hasn't caught up to yet. He is improving though.
Hawk Harrelson announces the game the way someone who is a fan of the team would talk if they were at the game. And that's what I want in a sport that breeds such familiarity as baseball. Over 162 games, multiplied by say 12 seasons in the case of Frank Thomas, I've seen him play almost as much as Harrelson has, at least 1000 times. I feel like I know him as a player and in some small way as a human being due to that. By that I mean I know a little about how his mind seems to work in reaction to events around him, which usually are baseball related. So with that level of familiarity, I don't want an announcer who all of a sudden has this dispassionate, unbiased demaeanor about the players because that would come off to me as artifical. They know these guys as well as they know anyone in the world. They are a part of the team almost. And because we all have such familiarity, I like the fact the games are called the way people who love their team would speak with those they are familiar with; they call the game naturally, with affection for their team, and excitement when they do well.



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A freind of mine came up with a skit in where an announcer (usually worlds-worst Charlie Steiner) has decided NOT to use a pre-scripted phrase for a Bonds record-breaking homerun...and when the big moment comes up, he chokes...

"There it is! Barry Bonds has just....bit...uh...a big bite
of a LAAAAAARGE....uh.....hot potato....uh.....sandwich. DAMN!"




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#15 Posted on
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    Trips, those Ralph Kiner sayings sure align with a couple other New Yorkers who had a number of memorable sayings: Casey Stengel and Yogi Berra. Thanks for posting them. Did you just know them, or did they come out of a book I could get my hands on?




AWArulz,

I saw a handful of those myself, but most of them came from my local newspaper. They used to have a weekly summary of what Ralph had said during the week. It was about the only thing worth reading in the mullet wrapper we know as the VA Pilot.

I looked for a list of his quotes on the web, and the best one I found was at baseball-almanac.com. It only has about 30 quotes, but they are good. I kept all of quotes in a scrapbook somewhere. When I find it I'll post some more of his classics.

While at was looking at his quotes I read some from Harry Cary at the same sight. Most of them are serious quotes he made about his career and the state of baseball, but this one killed me and I can't stop laughing:

"Aw, how could he (Jorge Orta) lose the ball in the sun, he's from Mexico!"


(edited by Triple Preperation H on 2.7.02 0041)

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Quick comment on the Braves' announcers:

I don't normally mind them... unless they're talking about Chipper/Larry Jones (and Andruw, for that matter). At those times, I want to take a large, blunt object to myself so I don't have to hear it.... damn, it's annoying.

Trips, thanks for reminding me of why I'm glad Kiner retired... although when I was reading those, I was reminded of the time I heard Harry Caray call a Mets first baseman (I think it was David Segui, but I don't remember) Mark Grace; granted, it was in the 9th and Harry probably wasn't too aware of what was going on, but it was bad.





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Okay, the Rockies used to have Dave Armstrong for TV broadcasts. Everytime a Rockies player would hit a homerun, he'd say "Wow!" in a nasally voice. He knew he was doing it, and thought it was his trademark catchphrase. No truth to the rumor that it beat out "Gee!" or "Golly!"

Even though they had Dave Campbell for three seasons, the Rockies have been plagued with wretched TV voices. The first few years they had Charlie Jones who knew as much about baseball as the average Latvian. His lamest comment was during 1995, when Larry Walker didn't make the All-Star game. "Let's encourage all the fans to send in big paper stars to the Rockies locker room!! I can see it now- a whole bunch of STARS taped over Larry Walker's locker! It'll be great! He'll be the fans' star!" In retalliation, I started a campaign to send in a bunch of paper dildos to Jones' booth.



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#18 Posted on

    Originally posted by spf2119
    Okay, having been born and raised a White Sox fan, I have to say I love their broadcast team, though not nearly as much as I did when Tom Paciorek was doing color instead of Darrin Jackson. TP brought a lot more smoothness and analysis to the booth, that DJ just hasn't caught up to yet. He is improving though.


To me -- I turn on AM1000 and listen to the radio team... I'm not saying Hawk is bad, but "Put it on the board" is getting grating. I mean, he has no fire when they're losing; the only time Hawk gets pissed is when an ump makes a bad call. Just like Tom Dore is for the Bulls -- he's getting to be a homer. And SPF -- if you're a White Sox fan, you're usually a grumpy one like me! :{

At least Chip and Joe will cut down the Cubs -- but shouldn't that be *ALL* the time? :P
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Dumb broadcaster conversations begin and end with Ron "Red" Fairly of the Seattle Mariners team. I mean, we have Dave Niehaus, who will be in the Hall at some point, and then we have an idiot like Ron Fairly.



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During the 1990 season, Reds' radio announcer Joe Nuxhall seemingly refused to call Reds outfielder Glenn Braggs... er... "Glenn Braggs." Joe took it upon himself to rechristen Braggs "Gary Bragg," and he called him that almost exclusively for the whole season.

Also related to the 1990 Reds is the AWFUL BIAS Jack Buck and Tim McCarver had against them in the World Series, constantly trying to bury the Reds while seemingly attempting making it look like the A's were just toying with them by letting their opponents kick their asses for a few games. This bias culminated in the dumbest thing I've ever heard any announcer, in any sport (or sports entertainment) say. With the A's batting with two out in the bottom of the ninth in the fourth game, down three games to none and trailing by about ten runs, Buck says something like "Don't be surprised if the A's don't come back and win this Series." Think about that. Maybe that's the Reds' fan in me talking, but DAMN, that's just a stupid thing to say.
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