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    Re: Michael Kay will stay Yankees voice after unique negotiations

    Quote Originally Posted by JL25and3 View Post
    Yes, TV, youíre right.

    His deterioration became complete in the late 80s/early 90s, when the teamís suckitude was so great that there just wasnít much of anything to say about it. Thereís a wonderful book, Holy Cow! The Poetry of Phil Rizzuto which presents bits of his ramblings as free verse. Almost all of it, IIRC, was taken from 1991-2.
    My early memories of Phil are pristine (even if I could not remember the names of his early partners) because I moved to Brazil in 1980 when he was still on his game, and came back in 1996, when he was well into his late phase.

    Here is a taste of Holy Cow!:

    O Holy Cow! The Poetry of Phil Rizzuto - "Poem No. 61"

    Here comes Roger Maris
    They're standing up.
    Waiting to see if Roger
    Is going to hit
    Number sixty-one.
    Here's the windup.
    The pitch to Roger.
    Way outside.
    Ball one.

    The fans are starting to boo.
    Low...
    Ball two.
    That one was in the dirt.
    And the boos get louder. Two balls no strikes
    On Roger Maris...

    Here's the windup.
    Fastball
    HIT DEEP TO RIGHT-
    THIS COULD BE IT.
    WAY BACK THERE.
    HOLY COW.
    HE DID IT.
    SIXTY-ONE HOME RUNS.
    They're fighting for the ball out there.



    October 1, 1961, WPIX-TV
    Boston at New York
    Roger Maris batting against Tracy Stallard
    Fourth inning, no score, bases empty
    Final: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0
    "Deep to left! Yastrzemski will not get it! It's a home run! A three-run homer by Bucky Dent! And the Yankees now lead by a score of 3-2!" - New York Yankees announcer Bill White (October 2, 1978)

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    Quote Originally Posted by theDurk View Post
    My early memories of Phil are pristine (even if I could not remember the names of his early partners) because I moved to Brazil in 1980 when he was still on his game, and came back in 1996, when he was well into his late phase.

    Here is a taste of Holy Cow!:
    Thatís one of the relatively rare early works. This is more typical of his mature oeuvre:

    To Speak with Espy,
    To Smile with Tears


    I just told him, I said:
    "Look,
    Youíre a professional.
    Youíve got to stop this squabbling in the papers.
    Itís the worst thing you can do.
    Just go out there and play your regular game.
    Show them that youíre capable
    Of playing every day."
    He smiled for the first time.
    I said, "Geh."
    (Now you wonít believe this.)
    I said, "GET THREE FOR THREE!"
    I know...
    It sounds like I made it up.
    I really did make it up.
    Itís such a lousy game
    That I gotta make up something.

    April 12, 1991
    New York at Kansas City
    Storm Davis pitching to Steve Sax
    Seventh inning, no outs, one base runner
    (Following Alvaro Espinoza's third hit)
    Royals lead 8-4

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    Re: Michael Kay will stay Yankees voice after unique negotiations

    So one day Phil and Bill are whiling away a dull game and they start talking about middle names. Phil mentions that his is "Francis" and asks Bill what his is. Bill says his is "DeKova" (it really is).
    White: "Ever heard that name before?"
    Phil: "Sure ... (pause) ... there's North DeKova, South DeKova ...."

    Another time they're in Toronto and Phil is upset because he got a traffic ticket in his rental car on the way to the ballpark. But he's not saying the cop was wrong, for some reason he's upset because his ticket has the Canadian maple leaf emblem on it.
    Phil: "Why do they put the maple leaf on it, why?"
    White: "It's the national emblem of Canada."
    Phil: "I know but why do they need to put it on the traffic ticket?"
    White (chuckling now): "Wait a minute, are you SURE that was a maple leaf? Maybe it's some other kind of leaf. Maybe it wasn't a traffic ticket at all. Maybe they got you for something else."
    Phil: "I don't get what you mean, White."
    White: "I'm just saying, maybe you got busted for a leaf that's not a maple leaf."
    Phil: "I don't get it ... (long pause) .... ohhhh-ohhhh, I get it! Poison ivy!"

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    Re: Michael Kay will stay Yankees voice after unique negotiations

    Quote Originally Posted by JL25and3 View Post
    Yeah, that's pretty much how I feel. I've always thought Singleton was their best play-by-play announcer, but he'll be gone anyway.

    The one thing they need to do - and won't - is to make sure Michael Kay and Paul O'Neill aren't in the booth at the same time. I would accomplish that by getting rid of O'Neill, but they won't do that, either.
    Holy cow I really like Kay and O'Neil, but you add in Cone and it's like icing on the cake

    As long as I don't have to listen to Sterling or Ruocco I'm fine. Actually Sterling's voice is amazing especially in those documentaries, but he and Suzyn doing play x play reminds me of senile convention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelloNewman View Post
    So one day Phil and Bill are whiling away a dull game and they start talking about middle names. Phil mentions that his is "Francis" and asks Bill what his is. Bill says his is "DeKova" (it really is).
    White: "Ever heard that name before?"
    Phil: "Sure ... (pause) ... there's North DeKova, South DeKova ...."

    Another time they're in Toronto and Phil is upset because he got a traffic ticket in his rental car on the way to the ballpark. But he's not saying the cop was wrong, for some reason he's upset because his ticket has the Canadian maple leaf emblem on it.
    Phil: "Why do they put the maple leaf on it, why?"
    White: "It's the national emblem of Canada."
    Phil: "I know but why do they need to put it on the traffic ticket?"
    White (chuckling now): "Wait a minute, are you SURE that was a maple leaf? Maybe it's some other kind of leaf. Maybe it wasn't a traffic ticket at all. Maybe they got you for something else."
    Phil: "I don't get what you mean, White."
    White: "I'm just saying, maybe you got busted for a leaf that's not a maple leaf."
    Phil: "I don't get it ... (long pause) .... ohhhh-ohhhh, I get it! Poison ivy!"
    Early in the 1971 season, Curt Flood left the Senators and went to Spain.
    Messer (I think): What do you think, Phil, maybe Curt Flood went to Spain to become a matador.
    Phil: Yep, yep, maybe that, or maybe a bullfighter!

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