420 Posted August 15, 2006 Share Posted August 15, 2006 LINK Sterling, "The Voice of the New York Yankees," is not merely a self-promoting clown, he's a dishonest self-promoting clown. And to accept, at word value, anything - anything - he describes is to make a mistake. Saturday, during the first two innings of Angels-Yanks, we were stuck in the car, thus we were stuck with Sterling's smug, self-smitten account, which causes a form of car sickness that enters the body through the ears. According to Sterling, the last out in the top of the second was the result of a spectacular catch made by Melky Cabrera, in left, on a line drive hit by Adam Kennedy. "A great play!" Sterling hollered. "He stole a hit from Kennedy!" Funny thing, though, the 50,000 fans in Yankee Stadium, didn't sound nearly as impressed. The out was applauded, but there wasn't that sudden surge in sound that great plays by a home team player normally produce. The game was on Fox. When we got home we checked the tape. Kennedy had hit a sinking liner at Cabrera, who seemed momentarily confused, but then made a thigh-high catch. It was such a great, hit-stealing play that had Cabrera not made the catch he likely would've been charged with an error. Yes, we know; this is nothing new with Sterling; it's New York's version of Manny being Manny. Logically, Sterling must similarly exaggerate or fabricate action several times per game. But, as The Voice of the Yankees and the eyes of hundreds of thousands of baseball fans, game after game, year after year, it's no less galling. He's a radio play-by-play man, often the difference between light and total darkness. As such, he's charged to serve an implicit trust. And, time after time, Sterling betrays that trust. Oh, by the way, while scrolling through the first two innings of Fox's telecast, we noticed that Juan Rivera was playing right for the Angels. During the first two innings, Sterling identified Rivera as Vladimir Guerrero. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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