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John Sterling is 'somewhere between 40 and death'
Assorted odds and ends related to my column on Mr. John Sterling:
This is the blog I referenced in the piece, which today reviewed my column thusly: "An 800-word frenzied belch of typing."
Sterling declined to discuss his age, so I didn't speculate about it, but let's just say the birthdate listed on Wikipedia - July 4, 1948 - can't possibly be accurate. I learned this morning that he admitted to a journalist in 1972 that he was 35 years old. Do the math.
Said Sterling: "I'll use a line from 'Mame.' I'm somewhere between 40 and death."
On why he doesn't ease his burden by having Suzyn Waldman do some play-by-play: "I love working with Suzyn, and that's the deal that we have. [Working every inning] is not anything I can't do. I love our partnership."
On negative reviews: "John Mainelli was the program director at WABC and he once said to me, 'Every time they write your name, that's all you care about.' He said, 'It's great. Trust me, it's great.'"
On anticipating calls: "You heard Rizzuto say, 'Oh, boy, I thought that ball was gone.' I just don't think about it. I do it as I do it, in all sports. I played basketball all my life, and I actually can call shots good before they hit. Now, sometimes they catch iron."
On the feedback he gets: "Everyone who works wants to be recognized for what they do - everybody. The guy who runs the elevator wants to be told he's doing a good job. I'm told that, I can't tell you how many times. At Yankee functions that I do, Yankees fans, people in sales, one after the other tells me how great everything is."
The editor asked me Thursday to put together some specific examples of Sterling's errors, and I somehow forgot the classic earlier this season when Hideki Matsui hit a home run, and he yelled: "It's an A-bomb!" (Awkward pause.) "It would have been if Alex had hit it."