Too much Bronx bombast


Of all the annoying things about the New York Yankees, few can compete with the radio broadcast team of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman.

Whether it's the constant in-game promotional spots or Waldman's infamous over-reaction to the return of Roger Clemens, Yankees radio broadcasts are unbearable.

Nothing is worse than Sterling's obnoxious home run calls. He has a catch phrase for each player on the team and proudly busts it out each time one of the Yankees hits one out.

Sterling seems to think his calls are more important than the home run and shoehorns his idiotic nonsense into the highlight at every opportunity.

Much was made of Sterling's "Something sort of Grandish," a reference to 1947 Broadway hit "Finian's Rainbow," for Curtis Granderson last year, but this year's new crop of players has brought things to a new low.

When new catcher Russell Martin went deep, Sterling went to the "Russell has muscle" line. It was nothing compared to the atrocity that followed when Andruw Jones hit his first home run.

As Jones rounded the bases, Sterling said, "Jones makes his bones."

Word out of New York is that Sterling wasn't expecting such an early home run from Jones and didn't really have anything prepared. Well, then, here's an idea: Don't do a stupid catch phrase.

■ WEDDING BELLS -- Ben Roethlisberger spoke to the media for the first time about his upcoming wedding during a lengthy interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The star quarterback with a checkered history with women talked about meeting his fiancee, 26-year-old Ashley Harlan, after a training camp practice in 2005.

The couple has been on again, off again ever since, but Roethlisberger said they have always remained friends.

He also said she continues to live at home and will do so until the wedding, because of the couple's religious faith and beliefs.

We at Leftovers like to make jokes from time to time, but that last sentence was actually serious. Apparently, Roethlisberger said it with a straight face and everything.

We will, however, take this time to gently remind Ms. Harlan maybe not to put locks on the bathroom doors.

■ PROBLEM SOLVED -- Fenway Park is one of the jewels of American sports. So much history has been made within the facility, and the left-field wall itself is known even by people who don't follow baseball.

Only one thing has kept the stadium from perfection, and it's a complaint that has been voiced over and over again. The fans at Red Sox games are just too darn sober.

The team has proposed a way to deal with the issue. It went before the Boston Licensing Board seeking permission to expand the sale of hard liquor throughout the stadium.

According to the Boston Globe, team officials told the board they had reached a deal with the mayor, police and several community groups to expand hard liquor sales, but only to five stands and only for two hours after the first pitch.

Hard liquor won't be sold anywhere near the bleachers, but for the sake of the game-day experience, Leftovers hopes those folks can somehow find a way to get their fill of alcohol.

COMPILED BY ADAM HILL LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

 

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