Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Baseball Announcer Catch-Phrases are Hopelessly Out of Date

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 2:34 PM

click to enlarge Imagine if you will, Mike Shannon as the color man for the NBA. - VIA INSIDESTL
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  • Imagine if you will, Mike Shannon as the color man for the NBA.
Baseball announcers are delightfully, hopelessly behind the times when it comes to coining catch-phrases to describe the on-field action. So much so, that when young bucks and young Bucks try to roll out a new one-liner, America collectively cocks its head in disgusted curiosity. A few probably paraphrase Jack Buck and say to their friends, "I don't believe what I just heard."

But with the excitement over the NBA playoffs reaching its highest level around these parts (thanks to the Bulls-Celtics soap opera), InsideSTL has wondered aloud what it'd be like if John Rooney or Mike "Hee-hee-hee" Shannon were to try to update their vernacular for the kids. And after reading the funny, but imagined back-and-forth between the Cardinals broadcasters, fans should be grateful the next time they hear Shannon's elongated "steeee-ruck him out."

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