British humour makes baseball even better

David Brown
Big League Stew

It's no matter that British comedian Anthony Richardson probably did this voiceover of New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox opening day for folks who are less familiar with Major League Baseball. American fans of our nation's pastime should find it funny, too, as long as they're aware of rounders or cricket (unless those are the same thing), the sport (or sports) from which baseball partially derived.

Richardson's top observations include:

• Calling umpires "FBI" agents.

• Calling the Red Sox "another team ... to be confirmed."

• Calling an obvious foul ball a home run, adding (NSFW): "Smack me! Wowzers in me trousers!" The Anglo equivalent to "You can put it on the board ... yes!"

• Commenting on a routine fly ball to right: "Mork and Mindy! That's going for six! ... No! Caught by the chap in the pajamas with the glove that makes everything easier. And they all scuttle off for a nap." That might encapsulate the typical half-inning better than anything Vin Scully ever has said.

And that's just the first 30 seconds. Additionally, Richardson noting that Ichiro looks like actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is bizarrely prescient. It's also an important sub-theme of the final 90 seconds.

Richardson just might transform how we all watch baseball going forward. Would it be the worst thing for Hawk Harrelson to affect a Cockney accent and talk like that for a half-inning every now and then ? It would make the White Sox more tolerable right now, that's for sure, what?

And hitting the ball into a plastic bag should be worth more.


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