It's clear that when you get on a rant, there is no substance, wisdom, or insight that you'll even consider listening to. Because you are dancing in a number of different directions.
Ergo you decied that you would go with no substance. Good job. I am dancing in a clear direction - Sterling is a good radio announcer. I have laid out the criteria and have shown them to be met by his broadcasting calls. So I guess.....whatever.
Towards that end, forget about everything else, let's get to the crux of this thread, the quality of Sterling's work.
OK, sounds great. I listen to him about 100 times per year. I am excited for the conversation.
Sterling misses calls, major calls, on every broadcast.
No he doesn't
This is well documented.
No, it's really not. You perceive it to be, but you are wrong.
Not a call saying, "That was outside," when the pitch was down the middle. That happens all the time to all announcers and that is to be expected. He misses calls like, "It is high, it is far, it is. . . .caught by a charging in Bay in shallow leftfield." And he calls balls high and far when they are low line drives to the outfield and not necessarily home runs.
Ahhhhhh...the old "he misses home run calls" canard. Yes, Jerry Trupiano used to do this 3 times a game if I remember correctly from posts on this board. Here's the probem. You listen to 15 games a year. I listen to easily 5 or 6 times that. Here is the straight dope - he really doesn't do this all that often. I know, it really pissed off Bill Simmons though. And I know you think highly of his baseball opinions.
So right there, that's poor work, he often misrepresents almost every fly ball hit to the outfield by a Yankee.
Poor work which I pretty much showed doesn't exist. But in your 11% of the season where you listen to him it must happen like all shitwhistles.
And when a MFY home run is actually hit, Sterling goes into a self promoting mode where he cleverly "catchphrases" the person hitting the home run. It's juvenile and gets in the way of the game.
This is a reasonable complaint. It doesn't bother me as much but I can see it bothering some. I have never seen it as self promotin, but rather entertainment. I am not sure how exactly it is juvenile though. It is more common in radio announcing than I think you realize.
He's a poor announcer and he doesn't call games accurately, he's an egregious homer,(probably his least offensive offense) and blatantly self promoting, at the expense of the game being played that he is supposed to call.
And that is why I criticize Sterling.
But outside of the homerism - which I don't mind, I think radio announcers should be homers to a small extent as long as they respect the game and the other team, which he certainly does - he does none of those things. I am not sure how the home run tags are self promotion. It's not like he is up there pitching the John Sterling book or the John Sterling brand of cologne, he is making up a hokey catch phrase. Who gives a shit?
And just like when you think someone is an idiot, it's ok to call them an idiot, when I think a journalist needs criticism, I'm going to criticize. I don't think you're an idiot, because you aren't one. You are, however, a douche.
You are an idiot. A complete and utter fool.