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Love them or hate them: The John Sterling home-run calls

imageEver since 1989, John Sterling has been in the broadcast booth calling Yankees games through thick and thin. He’s entertaining, he’s interesting and one of the few radio announcers I can turn to when it’s time to mute a FOX game. One of the reasons that I enjoy listening to Sterling is for his inventive and interesting home-run calls. His home-run calls are one of those staples that are needed to be memorized by every Yankees fan. Over the years, he has created home-run calls that cannot be forgotten. Remember Bernie William’s famous home-run call “Bern Baby Bern” or Tino Martinez‘s “Bam-Tino?” Yep, that was John Sterling’s entertaining mind. When a new Yankee hits a home-run, fans turn and ask “What’s John Sterling’s home-run call for this player?” Well, being the John Sterling radio fanatic that I am, I compiled a list of some of our favorite New York Yankees home-run calls for the players on the current team. (that includes our new Yankees brethren as well).

Brett GardnerBrett Gardner has two home-run calls, depending of the mood that John Sterling is. Personally, I love hearing them both since Gardner rarely hits HR’s. The first one is fun to say because he went yard, yet the second one is a pun on his last name ‘Gardner’ which is an actual word.

1) “Gardy goes Yardy!”

2) “Gardner plants one in the (left or right) field seats!”

Ichiro SuzukiIchiro’s home-run call. I felt like John Sterling could have been more inventive with Ichiro’s home-run call, but it is what it is.

“Ichiro, the Yankees rising son, says sayonara.”

Curtis GrandersonThe second home-run call is one of my favorites. The first one is a pun on his last name, but the second one you get to sing! Every time Granderson goes to bat, I find myself singing it. I can’t wait to start singing it when Granderson comes back from the DL.

1) “Isn’t he something sort of Grand-ish?”

2) “Oh, the Grandyman Can! Oh, the Grandyman can!”

Derek JeterDerek Jeter is the captain of the Yankees, so his home-run call is rather fitting.

“El Capitan.”

Mark TeixeiraMark Teixeria is another one of those Yankees that has two home run calls. I actually enjoy the first one more since it’s a pun on getting a  text message. (And I like to look at my smartphone and ask why haven’t I got a ‘Tex’ Message yet when he goes to the plate).

1) “Mark sends a Tex Message to the (left or right) field seats!

2) “You’re on the Mark, Teixeira”

Alex Rodriguez: Everyone knows A-Rod’s HR call. It’s not a secret.

“An A-Bomb for A-Rod.”

Robinson CanoIf I were John Sterling, I would trademark this home-run call. It’s became a very popular saying among Yankees fans.

“Robbie Cano, Don’t Ya Know!”

Francisco CervelliI personally am a sucker for this home-run call. It simply reminds me of food.

“Cisco the Kid Cerv’s one up!”

Travis HafnerAll right, I love John Sterling and all but…this call was L-A-M-E! It lacks the magic. Did Sterling figure that he wasn’t going to be a Yankee past this season and gave him a home-run call that was sad yet lame?

1) “The Pronx Bomber.”

2) “A Hafner Homer.”

Vernon WellsSo Vernon Wells has two HR calls that are slightly better than Travis Hafner’s. Wells’s walk-up song may be awesome…but his HR call is something that’s almost cringe-worthy.

1) “The Bronx is Vernon.”

2) “Wells rings the bells.”

Kevin YoukilisSo all of my favorite things in life has to have carbon copies of something? My favorite T.V show has carbon copies of the original characters and Kevin Youkilis’s HR call is a carbon copy of Alex Rodriguez’s.

“A Nuke for Youk.”

Yeah, that was really inventive.

Yep, we may love them and we may hate them but the John Sterling HR calls are iconic to the Yankees. When a new Yankee hits a home-run, you never know what call John Sterling could come up with.

Yankees Off-Day Notes: Gardner, A-Rod, Aardsma, WCBS

Since the Yankees aren’t playing tonight, let’s get to some off-day notes, shall we?

— Brian Cashman made it perfectly clear that Brett Gardner is not a pinch-running candidate for a September call-up. Sorry Gardner fans. That means we have to wait until February before we see our favorite left fielder back on the base-paths.

— Alex Rodriguez might be back in the Yankees lineup on Monday vs. the Tampa Bay Rays but Cashman isn’t promising anything. He will begin an assignment with Class-A Tampa. David Aardsma will join him and he might also be a September call-up.

— And if you didn’t hear the news today, WCBS 880 renewed it’s contract with the Yankees for another year! Along with the radio signing a deal with the Yankees, John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will be behind the microphone next season.


Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Pettitte, Bench, ESPN Radio, Garcia, Injuries

Lot’s to talk about with the many blogs about our favorite team give the articles a worthy read.

* An A-blog for A-Rod writes how Pettitte went from a luxury to a necessity.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue asks what happens if Hughes and Pettitte don’t pan out?

* Bronx Baseball Daily takes a look at the Yankees bench.

* New York Baseball Digest writes about how the Yankees could be a game changer for ESPN Radio.

* Pinstripe Alley looks into how to handle Freddy Garcia in the bullpen.

* River Ave Blues takes a look at the injured outfield.

* The Captain’s Blog writes despite historic pace in April, Yankees offense leaves fans wanting more.

* The Greedy Pinstripes take a look back at Joe Girardi’s career.

* The Yankee Analysts have the scouting report on tonight’s pitcher for the O’s Brian Matusz.

* Yanks Go Yard has the best of John & Suzyn from April.