The local radio calls almost always trump the national calls in enthusiasm, and that certainly was the case last night in the finale of the Tigers/Yankees series. In the above clip, that’s 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit’s Dan Dickerson on the call. Not unexpectedly, his offering is in contrast to the almost melancholy offering we were treated to by the TBS crew. To cement my nerdom in the annals of the internet, I’ll throw out that my ringtone on my phone is the Dan Dickerson call of the Magglio Ordonez walk-off HR that sent the Tigers to the World Series in 2006. For 5 years that’s been my ringtone, and for 5 years I’ve ignored my friends and allowed it to play through and go to voicemail.
The series-clinching strikeout capped off a memorable game five full of clutch pitching and insane drama. Personally, I spent much of the game writhing on the floor of my apartment as Tigers pitchers maneuvered around the Yankees 200 million dollar roster. As someone who always takes delight in Yankee schadenfreude, I’m sad that so far I have not been able to locate the John Sterling call.
Then, Tom Verducci was doused as he attempted to interview Jose Valverde.
Two more Game 5’s today on TBS as Arizona/Milwaukee (5:07 PM) and St. Louis/Philadelphia (8:37 PM) compete to see which fanbases will have to continue to endure that constant “Written in the Stars” song for another series.