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Utilizing my excellent XM Satellite Radio from the office today (Thanks, Mark). I have the Rangers/Yankees game on and I can't understand how Yankees fans can listen to these two! They wouldn't say the word shit if they had a mouthful. Torre is awesome. Cabrera hits a homerun and the Melk-man delivers? Ugh. Doug Mientkiewicz saves a bazillion runs a year with his Gold Glove defense? Jeter is the Son of Man. What are the qualifications to announce games for the Yankees anyway? I understand homer announcers, I really do. But these two are the worst (aside from Hawk Harrelson) that I have ever heard. Am I wrong?




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    Originally posted by pieman
    Utilizing my excellent XM Satellite Radio from the office today (Thanks, Mark). I have the Rangers/Yankees game on and I can't understand how Yankees fans can listen to these two! They wouldn't say the word shit if they had a mouthful. Torre is awesome. Cabrera hits a homerun and the Melk-man delivers? Ugh. Doug Mientkiewicz saves a bazillion runs a year with his Gold Glove defense? Jeter is the Son of Man. What are the qualifications to announce games for the Yankees anyway? I understand homer announcers, I really do. But these two are the worst (aside from Hawk Harrelson) that I have ever heard. Am I wrong?

They're worse than Hawk from what I've heard, simply on the grounds at least with Hawk you're bound to get one long rambling story about Yaz (the player, not the 80's group) every game. Plus, Darrin Jackson isn't nearly as hard on the ears as Waldman.

Announcers like all of the aforementioned though are why I like going to games instead of watching them.



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Waldman has been useless since her time as beat reporter for WFAN for the Knicks and Yankees. I still remember back in '95 when she kept 'reporting' that Red Sox starter Erik Hansen's season was over due to a shoulder injury. She started 'reporting' this in June and Hansen pitched through the whole season. Her nickname is Georgie's Girl for a reason.
Sterling is so beyond bad that he can be funny, especially when the Yankees are losing. Every bad thing that happens to the Yankees he takes as a personal affront.
Then again, the Red Sox television broadcast is starting to sink into the level of Yankee radio broadcasts.



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    Originally posted by pieman
    But these two are the worst (aside from Hawk Harrelson) that I have ever heard. Am I wrong?


Please tune into the Cubs broadcasts and listen to Ron Santo. If they are worse than he, wow!
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    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
      Originally posted by pieman
      But these two are the worst (aside from Hawk Harrelson) that I have ever heard. Am I wrong?


    Please tune into the Cubs broadcasts and listen to Ron Santo. If they are worse than he, wow!


In fact, my XM has allowed me to listen to the Cubs a couple of times. I find Santo kind of amusing because he just kind throws in an "oh no" or "awww" or something like that. Plus, he seems likable, as opposed to Sterling or Waldman.




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The difference between Santo and the Yankees crew is that while he roots for his team, he doesn't apologize for them (at least not nearly as much.) He'll call players out on occasion for bad and lazy plays. He's a Cub fan through and through, but he doesn't wear blinders.



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Agreed on Santo PeterStork, but I think that in this era of corporate synergy, there's a new category of announcer beyond "homer": "sycophant". Back when I was watching afternoon games on WGN, everyone knew Jack Brickhouse was a homer, he outwardly cheered in the booth - which was different from a Vin Skully, who would give a generally straight call focusing on the storyline of the Dodgers team.

Then we in Chicago had the best of announcing times with Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall calling the Sox - they were at times brutal in their criticism (which was at times, the show). More recently Steve Stone was teaching us viewers something every week or so, but his blunt approach eventually got him fired. Now for the Cubs, Len Kasper and Bob Brenly do a capable job, but you can hear them at times 'checking down' when one of the hometown players does something particularly bone-headed.

Sign of the times, but when you have so much tied up in promoting an asset these days, the medium will be massaged.





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