Friday, February 26, 2016

How Will John Sterling Call Home Runs for Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks?

When Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs published the site's crowdsourced rankings of MLB's radio broadcast teams in 2012, the Yankees' duo of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman came in dead last.

No skin off my back, though, because people seem to love reading about Sterling. Some of How Blank's most popular posts have been the ones detailing what Cistulli calls Sterling's "belabored trademark calls." Belabored or not, the thought of some new Sterling home run calls this season has me giddy.

The Yankees have added two new hitters who figure to play a lot and hit at least a few dingers. So I enlisted the help of our estranged blog-buddy Brian Kavanaugh to try to predict how Sterling will call home runs for new second baseman Starlin Castro and outfield import Aaron Hicks. Kavanaugh -- one of the punniest dudes I know -- didn't disappoint, sending a bunch of possibilities for each player. I've also included my prediction for each new guy.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

How Sorianesque Is Starlin Castro?

This summer, Yankees fans will ride a roller coaster of emotions every time they watch a talented middle infielder from the Dominican Republic, a player who has proven he can rake but couldn't quite cut it as a big-league shortstop. He will probably hit for a high average, but he'll drive us crazy by swinging at pitches in the dirt far too often. His bat speed will wow us, but his on-base percentage will vex us. He's got great speed, yet he doesn't provide as much value on the bases as you'd think.

Who did that paragraph just describe? If you said Starlin Castro, you'd be correct. You'd also be correct if you thought you'd traveled back in time 15 years to watch Alfonso Soriano.

Friday, February 12, 2016

How Stereotypical Is This Irish Candy?

Since I've been trafficking in mildly offensive -- and, I think, pretty funny -- stereotypes on this blog lately, I figured I'd share a story about my neighborhood. I live in a Bronx area called Woodlawn, one of the last true Irish hamlets in New York City. Woodlawn's Wikipedia page boasts "a large variety of Irish and non-Irish restaurants and diners, two Irish gift shops, The Aisling Irish Community Center, an Irish Butcher Shop..." And, of course, "many Irish pubs."