O Holy Cow!: The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto (1997)Phil Rizzuto, Hart Seely, Tom Peyer
Some of you may be speaking poetry without realizing it. Those of you who are Phil Rizzuto spent years on the airwaves doing it inadvertently during Yankee baseball broadcasts. Seely and Peyer recognized poetry when they heard it, culling and formatting a book's worth of Rizzuto's between-play chatter.
O THAT'S GONE!
I was watching him run.
[May 31, 1987 / Oakland at New York / Tommy John pitching to Ron Cey / Second inning, no outs, bases empty / Tie score 1-1]
In the backyard we got a lot of trees.
Did you ever get one in your attic?
I would not harm a squirrel.
[June 7, 1991 / Texas at New York / John Habyan pitching to Steve Buechele / Ninth inning, one out, bases empty / Tie score, 4-4]
He has powerful legs and cute buns,
[May 10, 1987 / New York at Minnesota / Charlie Hudson pitching to Al Newman / Third inning, no outs, bases empty / Yankees lead 4-0]
GO AHEAD, SEAVER
[July 1, 1991 / Cleveland at New York / Lee Guetterman pitching to Chris James / Seventh inning, no outs, bases empty / Yankees lead 6-2]
Last night I was watching TV.
It was a real beard.
[Sept. 10, 1991 / New York at Baltimore / Eric Plunk pitching to Bill Ripken / Second inning, one out, one base runner / Yankees lead 2-1]
Ice, I can't stand it.
[May 31, 1991 / Milwaukee at New York / Julio Machado pitching to Hensley Meulens / Eighth inning, no outs, bases empty / Score tied 2-2]