Tuesday, June 2, 2015

How should John Sterling and Michael Kay mark A-Rod's 666th homer?

Some people use crowdsourcing for important things like updating Wikipedia, gathering genealogy research, and brainstorming big ideas. I am using it for something important in its own way, too -- trying to figure out how Michael Kay and John Sterling should announce Alex Rodriguez's 666th homer! He is only one away now, so they need to figure it out soon!

The great Yankee blog It Is High, It Is Far, It Is Caught recently got the ball rolling on marketing strategies, and suggested the following for Michael Kay's call: "PIT... FURNACE... HELL... SEE YA!" and for John Sterling's call: "It's an A-Bomb...from the Antichrist!" But I figured my Facebook friends could come up with some other great ones as well.

So here are some of the potential calls that Facebook friends came up with:

Brad sez: "Give the devil his due! A-Rod has reached six-six-six!"

Joe suggested: "Number 666. Mark it down! A beast of a home run!"

Rocco's idea was: "The devil made him do it!"

I suggested: "Lucifer launches one!"

John came up with: "He put the horns on the opposition!"

Edward sez: "The blast of the beast!"

But I think my friend Steve's is the winner: "It's an O-Men for A-Rod!"

My Facebook friends also talked about the music that should be played. Multiple people suggested  the Charlie Daniels song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Other songs that were talked about as good music choices include the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil," Iron Maiden's "The Number of the Beast," and Santana's "Evil Ways."

And F.X. suggested not just a call, but a whole scenario for marking the moment: 

"It is high, it is far, it is gone! A-Rod hits an A-Bomb and the Apocalypse is upon us! The Anti-Christ is revealed! The 4 Horsemen stride into left field from the Yankee Bullpen and we see them unmasked at last, George Steinbrenner, Bowie Kuhn, Judge Landis and Charlie Comiskey! It's the End of Baseball! The End of America! The End of the World! Number 666!"

To which I say: after all of this, Brian Cashman tells the media: "Nope! Still not a milestone!"

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