Sunday, June 19, 2011
Ryan Dempster's Harry Caray Tribute To Derek Jeter Is Funny But Premature
In anticipation of Derek Jeter getting his historic 3,000th base-hit in Wrigley Field, Chicago starting pitcher Ryan Dempster did a hilarious imitation of the late Cubs announcer Harry Caray throwing accolades at the Yankees shortstop for getting long-awaited hit. Dempster even looked the part with Caray's trademark giant square glasses.
While Dempster's mimicking of Caray was dead on, his timing was off. Jeter's quest for # 3,000 is on hold while he rehabs his strained calf muscle in Florida.
The Yankees captain is on the 15-day disabled list and is stuck six hits short of the milestone with 2994. He is expected to resume playing on June 29 in a home game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Yankee Stadium.
Dempster filmed the segment earlier for Fox Sports and it was broadcast during the ninth inning of the Cubs 4-3 loss to the Yankees at Wrigley Field.
The Chicago Cubs impersonator was also the starter for yesterday's game and went 5 1/3 innings before getting the loss.
The beloved Caray has a host of impersonators, including Will Ferrell and thousands of Cubbie fans, caricaturing the assorted Carayisms, but Dempster's impression is right up there with the best of them.