It should be abundantly clear by now that we're more than a little fascinated with the Yankees' radio broadcast booth, and with polarizing play-by-play man John Sterling in particular. We totally agree with the opinion voiced by Craig Carton on WFAN a couple months back: If the Yankees were to bring in a couple of boring, capable pros, we'd miss Sterling, his antics, and his genuine chemistry with his Yankees compañera Suzyn Waldman. (You can hear Carton's spiel here, while he's making fun of a particularly terrible botched Sterling call from a few weeks back.) We suspect we might be in in the minority here, but, honestly, we want this booth to remain intact beyond the 2012 season, when WCBS's contract expires. (Lately, we've been wondering if we may have developed some sort of subconscious appreciation of Sterling's insane home-run and Yankee-victory calls, since those things make us, as a Yankee fan, happy, and Sterling's voice is often there to accompany them. Just a theory.)
Anyway, we bring all this up because today, Phil Mushnick reports in a small item that his sources tell him the Yankees have decided to remain on WCBS for at least for another season. (WCBS's contract was up after last season, and they'd been broadcasting games this year on just a one-year contract. ESPN Radio, which moved to 98.7 on the FM dial this year, had made an offer for the Yankees' rights, according to Mushnick.)
And so, according to Mushnick, the Yankees' decision to remain with WCBS "could sustain the team’s broadcast team of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman." We've been a little disappointed in Sterling's home-run catchphrase performance in this, a contract year for the announcer: We didn't care for his calls for either Ichiro Suzuki or Dewayne Wise, though we approved of his admittedly obvious "Casey at the Bat" reference for Casey McGehee. We sometimes even wonder if perhaps his continued employment doesn't actually depend on whether he cranks out high-quality, totally ridiculous home calls. But as always, we remain optimistic that he'll bring his A-game next year if only given a chance. Sterling–Waldman in '13!