Well, after Michael the Kay said the other day that Robbie Cano was better than Rod Carew…I guess anything goes.
ESPN-1050 has signed Valentine to do a weekly manager’s segment on “The Michael Kay Show.” Not only is 1050’s move unprecedented, but it has Kay, the TV voice of the Yankees, squaring off against Valentine, the manager of the hated Red Sox….
...“Why, there aren’t any Boston fans in New York?” Valentine said when quizzed by reporters Wednesday afternoon about appearing on New York radio. “I’ve known Michael for a long time; I’m known ESPN for a long time. They asked and I agreed.”
The move will not sit well with a segment of Yankees fans who can’t stand the Red Sox and already despise Valentine. But ESPN-1050 suits are hoping these fans will tune into hear this man they love to hate.
...These yakkers have created buzz and headlines, bringing added recognition to the radio station. Yet when it comes to baseball there’s a huge void. Not only does 1050 not have radio rights to either the Yankees or Mets, it doesn’t have any significant baseball personalities under contract.
Now, with Valentine, it does. No doubt he will use the station to fan the flames and tweak Bombers fans, especially during every Yankees-Red Sox series.