Every time I listen to John Sterling muck up a call on the radio -- which happens every time I listen to him -- I want to hit something. Hard.
Now, along comes Keith Olbermann with an entry on his blog, 'The Baseball Nerd,' that makes me absolutely sick to my stomach. It seems that the legendary Vin Scully could have saved us all this trouble by saying yes to the Yankee gig way back in 1964.
Imagine that. Vin Scully, possibly the best of all time, as Voice of the Yankees.
Here is how Scully told the story, according to Olbermann.
"When the Yankees let Mel Allen go in 1964, I got a phone call from the man who they had brought in to run their broadcasting operation, Craig Smith," Vin began. "He had been in charge of the World Series broadcasts forever, so I'd known him about ten years by then. And he asked me if I'd like to come home to New York and become the lead announcer. He offered a very handsome salary, and a long contract."Well, I was amazed, as you can imagine. I'd found a wonderful home here in Los Angeles, but remember, this was only seven years after the Dodgers left Brooklyn. I was still a New Yorker through and through. Plus, here was a chance to work again with Red Barber. And recall, too, that this was just before the Yankee dynasty collapsed. As much as Mr. O'Malley had done here and in Brooklyn, the Yankees were still the marquee name in sports. If it had been 1958 or 1959, when I still missed New York so, I would've said yes before he hung up the phone.""So, I thought long and hard about that one. But I had a young family, and I think we had all just truly adjusted to living here - takes just about seven years, I think - and in the end I turned it down."
Instead, we are left with Sterling, the bumbling, egotistical windbag who has been behind the microphone for Yankee games for the past 20 years.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post celebrated Sterling's 20th anniversary by pleading for the organization to do something about the radio broadcasts.
DON'T misinterpret this; it isn't a rip, it's a plea, a plea for change. Enough is enough. For those who care about baseball, a preventable, 20-year problem has become a crisis.
, the radio Voice of the Yankees and a man who has always cherished the sound of his own voice while placing strained self-promotion over good-faith play-by-play, has created and cemented a dilemma: Every game played by the Yankees is a double-header -- the game that's played and the game Sterling calls.
I couldn't agree more. I can never understand how a proud, rich organization like the Yankees -- the greatest franchise in sports history -- can saddle radio listeners with Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. That's quite possibly the worst radio duo in major league baseball broadcasting history.