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Friday’s Mashup: John Sterling’s Giancarlo Stanton home run call a swing and a miss

Lucy Burdge
March 30, 2018 - 5:04 am

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MLB: NY Yankees at Toronto, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI 93.7)
NBA: New Orleans at Cleveland, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: LA Clippers at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Tampa Bay at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)


-- Yankees radio announcer John Sterling debuted his Giancarlo Stanton home run call on Thursday and people are not sold on it.

The call is “Giancarlo, non si può de stoparlo! It is a Stantonian home run” and the reaction was swift and unforgiving.

“No way it stays that. He's gotta come up with something better than that” -- @AndrewHarts

“Yo, John Sterling. You missed on the easy lay-up. ‘It’s not delivery, it’s Giancarlo!’” -- @F3theMissile

Sterling told the New York Times last week he was nervous about the reception to the call.

"This one is so different," he said. "It's an Italian phrase that rhymes. I don't know if anyone will get it. I'm really worried. Well, not really worried. In fact, I'm not worried. Let's say I'm mildly concerned … Boy, I hope it works. It may not."

Doesn’t seem like it did but chances are there will be more opportunities for fans to get used to it.

-- The Blue Jays honored the late Roy Halladay on Opening Day Thursday by retiring his No. 32 in a special ceremony before the game.  

His wife, Brandi, and his sons, Braden and Ryan got a standing ovation when they took the field before Halladay’s former Toronto teammates and coaches emerged one by one from the dugout.

“He was a special guy and not just what he did on the field, he was as good as anybody. But he was a unique guy,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said of Halladay before the game. “He didn’t say a whole lot. He just kept to himself. But you’re not going to find a harder worker.”

The Blue Jays are also wearing the number on jersey patches this season to honor Halladay, who died on Nov. 7 when the small plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s baseball. You know it’s going to happen. I guess got this one out of the way right away.” -- Alex Cora, on the Red Sox’ 6-4 loss to the Rays on Opening Day