English Eloquence from the Mouths of Baseballers
With the death today of 89-year-old baseball and broadcasting legend [tag]Phil Rizzuto[/tag], the tributes poured in and the radio interviews abounded.
I liked the comment by Yankee owner [tag]George Steinbrenner[/tag] that "Heaven must’ve needed a shortstop," but I was taken aback by the eloquence of former Detroit Tigers broadcaster [tag]Ernie Harwell[/tag].
It wasn’t so much what Mr. Harwell said as the eloquence with which he did so that surprised and delighted me. At one point he noted in an ESPN radio interview how baseball announcers often become part of "the warp and weave of their community," which got me scrambling to look up warp and weave but also left me speechless that baseball people could wax so poetically whereas TV newscasters, movie stars and other cultural icons simply spew forth nonsense and guttural detritus.
[tag]Vin Scully[/tag] is another baseball announcer who commands the English language as few others do.
Ah, the dulcet tones of summer inspired by the crack of the bat!