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Tigers bring in Harwell for a pinch-announcing spot
2007-05-10 18:53
by Bob Timmermann

Longtime Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell, 89 years old and likely with more spring in his legs than this 41-year old, will fill in on the Tigers telecast on FSN Detroit on Thursday, May 24 in a 10:05 am PT game against the Angels.

The last time Harwell filled in for an entire game was in 2003 and the game went 17 innings.

Since I live in the L.A. area, the Tigers broadcast will be blacked out on Extra Innings. So I will not be able to hear some of Harwell's trademark phrases such as:

"He stood there like the house by the side of the road and just watched it go by." (after a called third strike.)

"That foul ball was caught by a fan from (insert name of distant suburb.)"

"It's two for the price of one" (after a double play)

"It's going, that ball is looooonnngggg gone....."

And presumably Jeanne Zelasko won't cut Harwell off in mid-sentence like she did in the pre-game show for the 2005 All-Star Game.


Meanwhile enjoy this bit of Harwell:

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