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A lot of folks were wondering what would come out of the Nationals play-by-play announcers’ mouths when Barry Bonds finally hit the biggest blast of baseball’s Dead Balls Era.
Charlie Slowes, the Nats’ fabulous radio guy, blurts “Bang! Zoom!'” when the homeboys go yard, but doesn’t normally shift into gah-gah gear for opponents’ dingers. Here, however, as 756 landed in the grandstand, Slowes went with a suitably giddy and apparently, as promised, off-the-cuff “That’s the one!”
Much like the most famous baseball call of all time—-“The Giants win the pennant!”—-Slowes’ work sounds better than it looks.