Get ready to shake your head with disapproval at the punning and rhyming of New York Yankees radio man John Sterling, who came up with a typically schlocky call for Kevin Youkilis' first home run in pinstripes. His blast against Doug Fister gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the fifth, but Youk's Yanks trail the Detroit Tigers in the late going Friday afternoon at Comerica Park.
Let Twitter tell the story of Sterling telling the story on WFAN of New York:
"IT'S A NUKE....FROM YOUK!!!! AS THEY SAY, HE IS KEVIN SENT!"
— Krizia (@kriztweetsalot) April 5, 2013
It's a nuke ... from Youk? And they say he is Kevin-sent? Sterling, you didn't. Oh, he did.
Sterling has his fans on the Internet. Meanwhile, what did the masses on Twitter think about his call?
John Sterling's HR call for Kevin Youkilis: "A nuke from Youk." which is, of course, borderline offensive. Sterling then said "Kevin sent."
— Shlomo Sprung (@SprungOnSports) April 5, 2013
“@rakcity27: here's the whole thing. "IT'S A NUKE....FROM YOUK!!!! AS THEY SAY, HE IS KEVIN SENT!"” Love it, wish I heard the call
— Noah R (@Noah4Pres) April 5, 2013
"It's a nuke... From Youk!" and "Youkilis is Kevin-sent" were the calls from John Sterling.Can someone fire this guy?
— Eric Miller (@EMiller2) April 5, 2013
— Neeenz (@Neeenz) April 5, 2013
Writing down "It's a nuke from Youk. As they say, he is Kevin-sent" over and over until I feel numb.
— Alex Watt (@AlexanderWatt) April 5, 2013
Pukes everywhere RT @sbnation Yankees announcer John Sterling's call for Kevin Youkilis' home run: "It's a nuke … from Youk!"
— Mike Migliore (@mmigliore) April 5, 2013
We should have come to expect this from Sterling, who has been doing this for years, as documented by WEEI in Boston. ("The Bronx's Vernon"?!) Another tweeter pointed out the timing of Sterling's metaphor might not be the best, with North Korea rattling off nuclear threats.
Probably not the right time for John Sterling's home run call for Youkilis to be "its a nuke from Youk"
— Tim Mallach (@Tim_Mallach) April 5, 2013
The radio is on low and I hear "Its a nuke!" So I think North Korea but really Youkilis just hit a home run... a nuke for Youk...
— AP III (@alprez96) April 5, 2013
It's just like the War of the Worlds! And then this, which keeps it all in perspective:
Sterling obviously is an acquired taste. And if you're one of these people who bristles at the first sign of a pun, you're never going to like listening to Sterling. Like with this succinct response:
That's just... awful. RT @sbnation Yankees announcer John Sterling's call for Kevin Youkilis' home run: "It's a nuke … from Youk!"
— Matthew Kory (@mattymatty2000) April 5, 2013