Mark Grace isn't the first baseball announcer to call a home run, but he may have done it in the most casual manner possible. With interleague play in full swing, the Diamondbacks were visiting the Texas Rangers. In the 2nd inning, Grace just blurts from out of nowhere, "Jason Kubel is about to homer." Immediately, Kubel rockets a home run to right field. The way Mark Grace said it, it's almost like he was making fun of the fact that he was calling a Jason Kubel home run, but it happened anyways. Calling home runs seems to have a higher than normal success rate, so why don't more announcers try this?
[H/T: The Outside Corner]
Oh give me a break Matt. "Anyone who listened to the video in question and heard friendly sarcasm is not listening to the actual conversation that takes place." ... That's absurd, especially considering that in your initial post on this subject, the vast majority of your readers who commented heard friendly sarcasm. So, tell me, what magical power do you have the rest of us don't?
Guys, it's a joke, Ian Eagle does the "Marv Albert" sarcasm joke stuff a lot in his games. Holy crap, making a lot out of NOTHING!
"Sarcasm is hard to comprehend, especially when you can't see the broadcasters." If that's the case, Mr. Ian Eagle, why did you partake in it to begin with?
I've always seen Eagle to be a straight shooter, so I actually believe him when he says it was all sarcasm.
It was weird that Eagle asked Fratello to explain slip screens and admitted Eagle admitted he had no idea what Fratello was talking about, then later on, Eagle called Fratello patronizing. If you admit you don't know what something means, then they're not patronizing you be explaining it to you.