Phil Mushnick is never a happy camper and today's column was no different, except instead of taking his standard dump into John Sterling's mouth, he doused him with a Port-O-Potty from the Preakness.
"In the eighth inning Saturday, Sterling called a game-tying home run by Hideki Matsui -- Sterling gave it his, "It is high ... !" routine, culminating with, "It is gone!" But the ball, as Sterling several seconds later acknowledged, didn't even reach the wall on the fly; it bounced over it."
So this wasn't even a deep fly to the warning track that he simply misjudged, the ball bounced on the outfield grass and went over the wall. If John Sterling was a wrestling announcer, title belts would change hands at least 80 times per match.
"Friday's broadcast wasn't two innings old when Sterling had done his best/worst to wreck it. Derek Jeter led off the bottom of the first with a line drive that was caught waist-high by Twins left fielder Denard Span in front of the warning track. Sterling, however, gave it his "Waaaay back!" treatment. Next he said the ball smacked against the wall. Finally, he said the ball was caught for an out."
Home run, off the wall, caught or rolling down Span's wang -- whatever -- all very similar scenarios. Honest mistake here by Sterling.
"The next batter, Damon, struck out on a 3-2 pitch that Sterling thought was strike two. Although the YES monitor in front of him showed a full count, Sterling blamed his error on the scoreboard operator."
He really should've blamed Cotton Eye Joe. That sad fuck needs to be fired anyway.
"Yesterday, Sterling didn't bother to describe, as it happened, a seventh-inning wild pitch that made it 2-0, Twins. He suddenly declared that a run just scored, then explained it."
But randomly blurting out "and the Twins score!" with nothing else preceding it makes for an exciting listen, doesn't it?