Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 7/31/12
New York Yankees fans are used to the odd and sometimes disturbing nicknames Yankees' radio announcer John Sterling comes up with for the home town players.  This is the guy who brought you home run calls like "It's a A-Bomb for A-Rod" for an Alex Rodriguez dinger, "That's a Tex Message" every time Mark Teixeira goes long and calls Curtis Granderson "The Grandyman." But after Ichiro Suzuki hit his 100th major league home run — and first for the Yankees— many people thought Sterling a crossed the line by calling the seventh inning shot with, "Ichiro, the Yankees rising son, says sayonara." Listen for yourself.  Is it insensitive? Sterling's outlandish home run calls and nicknames are legend in the Yankee Universe and he has been forgiven for many gaffes in his use of language, statistics and overall enthusiasm. I don't know if Sterling will use "Ichiro, the rising son, says sayonara" as his trademark home run call for the new Yankee, but he's sure starting to hear about it. ...
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