Mariners radio call of Cal Raleigh’s walk-off grand salami is an instant classic

Jun 10, 2024, 10:33 PM | Updated: 11:09 pm

Whenever a Seattle Mariners player connects on a grand slam, it’s not official until somebody breaks out Dave Niehaus’ iconic “grand salami” catchphrase.

If you’re not familiar, it goes a little something like this:

“Get out the rye bread and mustard, grandma! It’s grand salami time!”

On Monday night, it was certainly grand salami time, in a particularly grand fashion. Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh drilled a four-run four-bagger in the bottom of the ninth inning, breaking a 4-4 tie (that’s a lot of fours) with the walk-off shot for an 8-4 win.

The “grand salami” call that made it official came from – as it usually does these days – Rick Rizzs, the longtime voice of the Mariners on Seattle Sports radio who keeps the spirit of Niehaus alive with every M’s grand slam.

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Monday’s call from Rizzs is an instant classic, and it included another clever nod to Mariners history thrown in for good measure. That would be a memorable moment that Rizzs played a part in himself – Luis Sojo’s inside-the-park grand slam (technically a double with a two-base error) from Seattle’s one-game playoff win over the California Angels that clinched the first trip to the postseason in team history in 1995.

Hear how Rizzs put a new spin on “Everybody scores!” in the video at the top of this post.

The American League West-leading Mariners (38-30) will continue their four-game series against the Chicago White Sox at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday. The radio broadcast with Rick Rizzs on Seattle Sports will begin at 5:30 with the pregame show. For details on how to stream M’s radio broadcasts from Seattle Sports, click here.

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