Hank Azaria is perhaps one of the most talented voice artists working in the industry today, or arguably ever. Having been a staple at The Simpsons ever since the show began, he has been responsible for giving voices to thousands of unique characters over a period of almost three decades.
But, as reported by Sports Illustrated, Hank Azaria recently narrowed down his expansive scope to just three of his most prominent voices as he did some baseball play-by-play commentary for a New York Mets postgame show. On Monday, July 20, 2015, Hank Azaria was asked to put his own stamp on some of the Mets’ most memorable moments as he stopped by on MLB Central, and he duly obliged by recalling Bill Buckner’s infamous error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
An embarrassing moment for Buckner was turned into a hilarious one by some wonderful improvisation by Hank Azaria as Moe Szyslak.
“Here comes Mookie… ah, game’s over, down the – oh, it gets through Buckner’s legs! And the game is not over, and the Mets win! But somehow they’re gonna blow it anyway. Even though they actually won, they’ll find a time machine, go back in time and erase that World Series victory.”
Next up was Endy Chavez’s unforgettable catch in Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series, and this time Hank Azaria impersonated Kwik-E-Mart’s Indian owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, using hindsight to cast a shadow over Chavez’s breathtaking catch.
Finally, Hank Azaria signed off the evening with an impersonation of Chief Wiggum, as he called on the famous spar between Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza in the 2000 World Series.
“And Piazza hits it with a broken bat and Clemens is having none of it… He throws the bat at Piazza, inexplicably, and a foreshadowing of what a jerk Clemens is to be years later when he is facing big court problems.”
Watch Hank Azaria impersonate all three voices here.
This is not the first time Hank Azaria has given MLB a Simpsons makeover. As you can see in this video by CBS, Azaria turned to his bag of tricks back in 2013 when he announced the entire Dodgers’ starting lineup from top to bottom in Simpsons voices.
Even Rolling Stone weighed in on Hank Azaria’s recent antics.
“By the end, it became pretty clear that baseball is a lot more entertaining when Simpsons characters are in the booth calling the action.”
We would now like to see Hank Azaria branch out to other sports. Wouldn’t you?
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