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March 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

New spring training craze: Kurkjianing

https://youtube.com/watch?v=s983TpLdTdU

A new game of “Can You Top This?” is breaking out in spring camps around Florida, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it spreads soon to Arizona, too.

Ballplayers everywhere, it seems, are eager to imitate the distinctive high-pitched voice of ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian. And, I must say, doing a very good job of it. Tim, who was an outstanding sportswriter before he went over to the dark side — and still writes for ESPN when he’s not behind the microphone — seems to be taking the whole thing in appropriate good humor.

Above is Exhibit A, well executed by Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia.

Inspired by Arencibia, the next to check in was Tampa Bay Rays infielder Elliott Johnson. Here’s his Kurkjian effort. I particularly liked the references to “the live ball era,” for some reason.

Finally, my personal favorite example of Kurkjianing, is by Red Sox minor leaguer Pete Ruiz. I think it is the best combination of humor and dead-on impersonation. I, for one, never knew that Anthony Ranaudo, in the month of July on turf in games played on Tuesday before 7, led the minor leagues in batting average against at .165. That kid’s on the fast track to the big leagues! (I can’t find confirmation, but I have a hunch the guy doing the questioning is Anthony Ranaudo himself.

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