How they’d call Aaron Judge’s record-setting home run (when and if he hits it this week):
“Get up, get outta here, gone” — Bob Uecker
“Oh My.” — Dick Enberg
“Gone” — Ray Scott
“Holy Cow” — Phil Rizzuto
"And that one is loooooooong gone." — Ernie Harwell
“Judge just hit No. 62, Judge just hit No. 62, Judge just hit No. 62” — Russ Hodges
“It could be, it might be, it is! A home run by Judge. It’s time for a beer” — Harry Caray
“On a warm and star-filled night here in Texas, far from the ghosts of Yankee Stadium and Babe Ruth and Roger Maris, Aaron Judge, the Giant of a man from Fresno, California, has become the all-time American League home run champion.” — Vin Scully
“The velocity was 109, the launch angle was 45 degrees and the spin rate was 70 percent on that home run by Judge.” — An analytical announcer.
The road to the World Series goes through… ?
Atlanta, according to neighbor John.
New York Mets, according to neighbor Connie.
Cleveland, according to long-suffering Indian/Guardian fan Jim.
Los Angeles, A multitude of Dodger fans at my church.
What say you?
Raise for Shohei
How about that Shohei Ohtani getting a $24.5 million raise? Yep, he was only making $5.5 million and the Angels decided to make him happy, very happy, by signing him to a $30 million contract for 2023.
Of course, he’ll still be a free agent after 2023.
The Angels will have three players – Ohtani, Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon – combining for over $100 million next season, which means a tight payroll for the rest of the roster.
There are streaky hitters and then there’s the Angels’ Taylor Ward.
The pride of Shadow Hills High in Indio has had a roller-coaster season of dizzying heights and torpedo depths.
He hit .392 in April, then .190 in July and came back to hit .370 in September.
It all comes out to a solid .285 and with 23 homers he’s finally set in the Angel lineup moving forward.
A winning season
The playoffs begin Friday with four wild card games and then the Dodgers put their 110-win season on the line starting next Tuesday.
Whatever the playoffs hold, it has already been a historic season with the remarkable Albert Pujols and Judge as the headliners.
Let’s face it, pitching and defense are crucial for success, but nothing moves the fans like the home run. And Pujols, passing 700 for his career, and Judge, passing 60 for a season, have been dramatic and exciting.
Pete Donovan is a Palm Desert resident and former Los Angeles Times sports reporter. He can be reached at email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Aaron Judge: His record-breaking homer would sound something like this