Yes, you read that right. Chris Berman was moderately restrained during Monday’s 2012 Home Run Derby on ESPN. And while he was certainly his normal, bloviating, over-jovial self, he actually turned the dial down on his trademark “BACK BACK BACK BACK!” Home Run Call. He brought the “BACK!” only 64 times during the three rounds of the derby, along with an additional 5 “WOW!”s. I neglected to count the number of “OHHH AHHH!!”s, or the number of times he screamed “GONE!”. I didn’t have that much will power.
You can see the numbers for yourself, sorted out by round below (click each image to enlarge). I sacrificed the use of my ears so that you didn’t have to. It seemed like a good idea at the time, until I suddenly realized that I would have to actually listen and pay attnetion to Boomer, Nomar and Krukie doing commentary on the exhibition for three hours.
Incidentally, Prince Fielder won the actual derby, beating Jose Bautista in the finals. But who cares?