First, a final salute to backwards talk, an affliction that affects the majority of MLB baseball announcers:
"He pitches inside, and makes the feet move of Lucas Duda." This is a new kind of backwards talk.
"He's got a lot of ground balls tonight, has Niese."
And my favorite: "As, changing it up, is Peavey." The announcer could've just said Peavey threw a changeup, but no.But they always speak in their own language. Here are a few examples:
After Roger Bernadina almost flew to second base, FP said "Boy, he was some kinda gittin' it around first base!"And when the announcers are in NY, the phrases are a little bit Yiddish:
He "pulled the string" on the curve ball. That means he made it dip at the very end.
"And he never overswang!"
"Awww! He overdove it."
Craig Scheppler warming up: "and he's no schlepper!" Yiddish is built into the language of New York.They also say creepy, offensive things like, "As Joe Ortiz, the 'portly left-hander' takes the mound." They seem to have no clue this might be wrong. And yes, that was another random "As" statement, this time spoken by a Texas Rangers broadcaster.
They're just not very bright. One announcer noted that a player was "very fast on speed." I don't think he meant the drug. He just meant the guy was fast. As I say, not too bright.
The Mets have a player named Josh Satin. He was doing well for a while and I loved seeing a white sign in the stands. It had bold red letters that screamed: "Hail Satin!" Never saw it again. I'll bet some twit objected. People are no fun at all.
They also tell old stories. One broadcaster mentioned a player from back in the day. He said the player's name was Gwodz and "everyone called him eye chart". I love this sort of baseball trivia.
They have their own brand of humor, these baseball guys. And they say things in a very down-home way. For instance, when Derek Lowe was guest-broadcasting for the Red Sox, he said this about the catcher, David Ross: "He's funny as all giddyup in that clubhouse, let me tell you!" I'll bet he is.
Anyway, it wasn't my favorite season. But it'll do. It's baseball so I can't help but love it.