Legendary New York Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling appeared to be fooled during a Giancarlo Stanton at-bat Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game.
Stanton was facing Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi when he launched a ball to left field. By the way the camera angle showed the ball, it looked like Stanton had hit one over the Green Monster. Sterling called it as such, telling his fellow radio listeners Stanton had hit a solo home run.
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“It is gone, out of the ballpark,” Sterling yelled as Boston left fielder Alex Verdugo fielded the ball off the wall, leaving Stanton on first base with a long single. “A Stantonian home run.”
“Now, what did I do wrong?” Sterling wondered aloud as Stanton was taking off his gear on first base. “What did I see wrong? He’s at first base.”
Sterling received some ribbing from baseball fans on Twitter.
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The 83-year-old Sterling has been a Yankees broadcaster since 1989 and has been paired with Suzyn Waldman since 2005. He’s been one of the longest active broadcasters in the industry and is known for his distinctive home run calls specifically designed for each Yankees player.
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The Yankees and Red Sox were vying for who gets to move into the division series to play the Tampa Bay Rays.