1. “Now José and Anderson square off! They’re fighting! They’re swinging! Down goes Anderson! Down goes Anderson!”
That was Guardians radio play-by-play broadcaster, Tom Hamilton, calling the wild melee that occurred Saturday night time between Cleveland’s José Ramírez and Chicago’s Tim Anderson.
I’ll put this up in opposition to any name in sports activities historical past. pic.twitter.com/bpHElUerCw
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) August 6, 2023
To say Hamilton’s name was a smash hit on social media can be an infinite understatement. The clip immediately went viral, and large reward was heaped up Hamilton for his thrilling name, which was a throwback to Howard Cosell’s well-known “Down goes Frazier” name.
I spoke to Hamilton, who has been doing Cleveland video games for 34 years, on Monday about his name and going viral.
Sports Illustrated: Just take me by means of your large name of the combat and what was going by means of your head throughout the combat.
Tom Hamilton: First off, thanks. I admire the sort phrases. Secondly, it’s not in regards to the name. It’s about José Ramírez. I feel we noticed our first six-tool participant within the main leagues with that proper hook.
It’s a type of issues the place it’s so sudden as a result of generally you’ll be able to see a combat brewing as a result of possibly there have been guys getting drilled by pitches in a collection or in a sure recreation and you’re feeling like, “Uh oh. If somebody else gets hit, we’re going to have somebody charge the mound and look out.” This was out of the blue. I don’t suppose any of us noticed it coming.
You hear extra stuff whenever you discuss to the gamers and coaches the next day about a few of the issues that would’ve been an undercurrent that we weren’t conscious of, so then it’s simply spontaneity. You hope like heck the nice Lord provides you the fitting phrases to say on the proper second and get fortunate sufficient that folks prefer it, however it’s not one thing you concentrate on and positively not one thing you go right into a sales space earlier than a ball recreation and go, “O.K., tonight if there’s a bench-clearing brawl, this is what I gotta think to say.” I’m not making an attempt to be faux modest or what-not. Again, there are a number of instances you stroll out of that sales space after a ball recreation and also you go, “Why did I say that?” or “Why didn’t I say this?” That was an evening I used to be lucky that possibly I mentioned the fitting factor.
I used to be additionally relationship myself, too, as a result of there’s in all probability a complete technology that goes, “Who is George Foreman? Isn’t he a guy with a grill?” And, “Who’s Howard Cosell?” I feel we’re a product of what we grew up listening and seeing, too.
There’s a number of blind luck concerned on this. I might’ve been trying down at my scorecard and writing in “RBI double” or no matter and never even seen them pop up, however as a result of it was such a bang-bang play, I’m lucky in that you just’re nonetheless watching, trying on the umpire after which it escalated so rapidly. I positive wasn’t considering Howard Cosell or “Down goes Frazier,” as a result of I’ve by no means seen it in 34 years of doing the Indians/Guardians. I’ve seen so much brawls; I’ve seen a number of mound prices, however I’ve by no means seen two baseball gamers actually sq. off. It was nearly just like the second base umpire was like a boxing referee, and he backed out of there and allow them to go.
SI: Did utilizing the Cosell line simply come to you within the second?
TH: It did. I don’t know why it did. But once more, how many people rising up in all probability mentioned the identical factor once we had been doing no matter with our buddies. I’m 68, so sadly I’m actually previous, however everyone knew who Howard Cosell was. When there was a combat on tv, it was an enormous, massive deal. It’s not like as we speak the place you’ll be able to see a combat nearly each night time in some form of type or vogue. You know, the Al Michaels, “Do you believe in miracles?” that’ll resonate for as lengthy there’s a world as a result of it’s one of many best, if not the best, name within the historical past of broadcasting.
Howard had some memorable calls, too. I feel most of us who ever watched boxing or watched ABC Wide World of Sports, in all probability keep in mind that about Howard greater than anything, even Monday Night Football.
SI: How and when did you first discover out your name was an enormous hit on social media?
TH: I’m not on social media. If I had a Twitter account, I’d’ve been fired 15 years in the past. So I’m by no means conscious of that. I used to be conscious of it once I was driving dwelling, and one in all my sons known as me and he’s 28; in order that’s the world that he’s dwelling in. So I had no concept till he instructed me.
SI: What did he say?
TH: Do you already know what’s happening? So I mentioned, “Bradley, how would I know what’s going on? I don’t do social media. What are you talking about?” And he mentioned simply what you mentioned. It’s blowing up. Well, no matter blowing up means in that world, then you definitely’re like, ‘Oh no.’ My first response was, “Oh, God what did I say now that I’ll regret?” So happily, this time I didn’t do the fallacious factor.
Again, I simply don’t get caught up in it as a result of in case you do my job as a play-by-play man, and I’ve accomplished each sport and school basketball within the Big Ten for 25 years, in case you get caught up within the those that say they such as you and the those that say they hate your guts, you’ll by no means sleep at night time as a result of I don’t care what you do, I get loads of letters written to me in crayon telling me I suck, so that you simply can’t be a play-by-play man and be fascinated with what do folks take into consideration me. You must do it to one of the best of your potential and hope that that’s sufficient.
SI: What was the response like on the ballpark the following day?
TH: The gamers had been hootin’ and hollerin’ they usually needed me to do the decision once more, however I’m not doing that. Again, you admire it, however as I attempt to inform our kids, you’re 5 minutes away from saying the fallacious factor and being on the opposite finish of that storm.
2. There’s actually not a lot for me to say in regards to the Orioles/Kevin Brown scenario that hasn’t been mentioned already by everybody in media. The group reportedly suspending the play-by-play man for mentioning that the Orioles have extra wins in opposition to the Rays this yr than the previous two years mixed is among the most pathetic issues within the historical past of sports activities media.
The one factor I’d wish to level out is that whereas everybody if specializing in Brown, and rightfully so, there have been two different particulars reported by Awful Announcing, that additionally make the Orioles seem like a very bush league operation.
The group allegedly disciplined one other broadcaster as a result of he wasn’t carrying Orioles paraphernalia, and broadcasters will not be allowed to say gamers who used to play for the group.
Just a Mickey Mouse operation throughout.
3. We can now add Sean Payton to the record of people that have bizarre takes about athletes carrying hats. Apparently the brand new Broncos coach thinks gamers carrying bucket hats will result in issues of some type.
What head coach Sean Payton doesn't wish to see throughout the #broncos 1st preseason recreation Friday after starters are pulled:
– Uniforms off after you're accomplished enjoying
– No sun shades
– No Gilligan hats (shifting ahead that is my time period for bucket hats)
– No interviews throughout the recreation
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 8, 2023
4. It takes a few minute for issues to get going on this video, however Steph Curry joined Paramore onstage Monday night time and REALLY acquired into his efficiency.
5. How a lot do folks on this nation love the NFL? More than 6 million folks watched final Thursday’s Jets-Browns Hall of Fame Game.
— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) August 7, 2023
6. The newest SI Media With Jimmy Traina podcast options an interview with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.
The radio Hall of Famer talks about his future on SiriusXM and what his plans are for when his contract runs out after the Super Bowl. He additionally discusses that viral interview with Joey Votto, probably the most influential folks in sports activities media, ESPN firing Jeff Van Gundy, the state of the Yankees, why he hated Netflix’s Quarterback and way more.
Following Russo is my weekly “Traina Thoughts” section with Sal Licata. This week, we talk about an enormous milestone for SI Media With Jimmy Traina, the passing of Paul Reubens, Sean Payton’s feedback in regards to the Jets and Nathaniel Hackett, twine chopping, horse racing and way more.
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7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: This one is for my fellow Yankees followers. The group is a humiliation, the GM has a job for all times regardless that he must go and we’re in final place. So watching this previous George Steinbrenner interview hits a sure approach today.
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