In the same game, Luciano followed "He's got some kind of stance [Wockenfuss]" with "He's some kind of manager [ Earl Weaver, of all people]" and "That is some kind of position [shortstop]."
But Luciano can also be delightfully outrageous. When Rusty Staub of Texas was at bat earlier this season, Luciano said, "He looks like a girl, he runs like a girl, he swings like a girl, but he hits like a man." Detroit Reliever Aurelio Lopez earned this accolade from Luciano: "He's my kind of man. Overweight." And the visage of the Tigers' Steve Kemp prompted Luciano to say, "Look at that nose. With that nose he doesn't need a bat. A lot of good noses on this club. You should see [Stan] Papi's when he comes up."
NBC seems to like the job Luciano is doing so far and is even giving him some of the credit for the Came of the Week's improved ratings this year: 7.0 points and a 26 share, up from 1979's 6.7 and a 25 share. And Luciano himself appears to be having a grand time. "For the first time in years I wake up in the morning and hear the birds sing."
When he's good, Luciano can be a funny and knowledgeable friend sitting in your living room. When he's bad, he can be the loudmouth at the end of the bar who won't let you watch the game in peace. He is some kind of announcer. What kind remains to be heard.