New York Yankees announcer John Sterling in his booth before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in New York.
By Brendan Kuty
It’s here to stay.
“It’s amazing,” Sterling said of the stir the call caused. “I’m sticking with it.”
Sterling, the Yankees‘ radio voice, will continue to say “Non si puo de stoparlo!” each time Stanton homers, the way he did twice in Thursday’s 6-1 win over the Blue Jays, his first game in pinstripes.
Sterling said he started trying to figure out what he’d use for Stanton’s call immediately after the Yankees traded for him in December.
So Sterling called Berlitz Learning Center, a language learning school, and asked for a phrase that rhymed with Giancarlo, and also jibbed with hitting a home run
Three days later, someone from the school called with two suggestions. He picked one and rolled with it.
Sterling said he was surprised by the reaction to the call but likes that it’s far different than what anyone expected.
Before Friday’s game, Stanton said he hadn’t heard the call.
Days ago, Sterling told the New York Times that he was a bit worried about how the call would be received.
“This one is so different,” he said, according to the Times. “It’s an Italian phrase that rhymes. I don’t know if anyone will get it. I’m really worried. Well, not really worried. In fact, I’m not worried. Let’s say I’m mildly concerned.
“Boy, I hope it works. It may not.”