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Baltimore Orioles' Davis watches his major-league leading 49th home run off of New York Yankees during their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

Home runs are beautiful, magical, spontaneous things. They can happen at any time in a baseball game. They can turn the tide of a baseball game in an instant. Watching live at the ballpark, the roar of the crowd tells you all you need to know about most home runs. Sometimes it isn’t the roar at all, it’s the gasp that really sells the moment.

On TV, it’s different. The crack of the bat and center field camera don’t pain the entire picture through the screen. Most home runs are accompanied by some variation of “it’s deep and outta here!” when conveyed to the listen on the radio or the viewer on TV. It’s hard to stand out from the crowd.

But some voices break through the din. Some calls are distinctive enough to bring you to a time or place when you hear it. The greats cause the hair on the back of your neck to stand on end. Let’s celebrate the best practitioners in the game by counting down the five best home run calls in baseball.

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The Chicago Tribune employs a guy named Steve Rosenbloom as a sports columnist. He is paid to create all manner of Rosen-themed content. The Rosen-blog, the Rosen-vlog, the Rosen-rant, on and on ad infinitum. This week his rant subject was a half-baked conspiracy theory, suggesting the on-air anti-umpire diatribes of Ken “The Hawk” Harrelson breed contempt for the Pale Hose and, in the long run, cost the team ballgames.

There are few things in the world more satisfying than the thought of Hawk Harrelson suffering but this suggestion is nothing short of insane. Even more insane: implying team ownership might reprimand Harrelson in an effort to curb his umpire criticism. What kind of a world are we living in, I mean really?

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