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Friday, July 27, 2012

Lebowitz: Who Cares What Michael Kay Says?

Michael the Kay spent countless pitches tonight reading his tweets and trying to find statistical routes for the Red Sox to not make the playoffs. Sad.

Kay is the obnoxious Yankee fan at whom even his fellow Yankees’ fans cringe, hoping that at some point, he’ll shut up or go home so they can enjoy the game. The major difference is that he happens to be the Yankees’ play-by-play announcer on the YES Network and has a mid-afternoon radio show on ESPN in New York. Now there’s an uproar on Twitter because Kay said (I’m paraphrasing) that he hopes the Mets lose every game for the rest of the season. He also said that he stands by his statement because the Mets fans weren’t interested in having a civil discourse, so he “handled” it in his own way.

Handled it?

Does he have a special phone with access to the Baseball Gods with Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Babe Ruth, Alexander Cartwright and Christy Mathewson so he can make his petulant, “I know you are but what am I?” whims come to fruition?

...The easy temptation here is to cite the numerous examples of why Kay’s not someone who should be paid attention to in regards to a baseball-related matter, but why? It’s like arguing with a monkey. The end result is to exhaust yourself with nothing resolved or accomplished. There are calls for him to be fired from ESPN Radio and accusations of unprofessionalism, but the scuttlebutt is that Kay is probably on his way out at ESPN by the new year and he’s never exhibited any form of objective professionalism to begin with, so why enable his childish ranting by engaging him?

He doesn’t like social media and the way fans react to him? He has a choice: block them, ignore them, or fight with them. This silliness of wishing the Mets to lose every game for the rest of the season is something out of the third grade, which is convenient because that’s essentially the venue where Kay would be on an even playing field in a baseball argument. And he’d lose.

Repoz Posted: July 27, 2012 at 09:24 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TerpNats Posted: July 27, 2012 at 09:38 PM (#4194253)
Sounds like Michael Kay is learning how to handle a sports talk radio show from his old radio buddy John Sterling. Which, for anyone who recalls Sterling's work in that field (as opposed to play-by-play), is unfortunate news.
   2. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4194271)
Who cares what he says? Hmmm, let me think.... Ah! Paul Lebowitz cares passionately what Kay says.
   3. frannyzoo Posted: July 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM (#4194290)
My first thought was: Fran Lebowitz wrote about Michael Kay? My second is: well, did she?
   4. The TVerik of Lordly Might Posted: July 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM (#4194301)
On tonight's game, he was asked about whether this is the same Bobby Valentine who used to manage the Mets. He said, "This is Bobby Valentine-lite. They've drained him of what made him special."
   5. Dale Sams Posted: July 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM (#4194318)
Mountain Landis is a Baseball God? Pluto, I assume.
   6. Robinson Cano Plate Like Home Posted: July 28, 2012 at 01:57 AM (#4194353)
They've drained him of what made him special."


I remember that Austin Powers movie!
   7. Benji Posted: July 28, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4194510)
I listened to Kay's show once. Once. And that was enough for me to know I'd rather listen to Steve Sommers, Mike Francesa, Adam Schein or Anita Marks then ever hear him again.
   8. JP Ricciardi Posted: July 28, 2012 at 06:48 PM (#4194730)
I thought it might be Fran as well. But then I remembered she called me to say she doesn't like baseball.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: July 28, 2012 at 09:34 PM (#4194866)

"Which, for anyone who recalls Sterling's work in that field (as opposed to play-by-play), is unfortunate news."

mid-1970s - "Get off my phone, you ignorant creep!" was Sterling's signature line when he disagreed with a caller. WMCA, I believe it was. good times.

   10. starving to death with a full STEAGLES Posted: July 28, 2012 at 09:45 PM (#4194871)
"Which, for anyone who recalls Sterling's work in that field (as opposed to play-by-play), is unfortunate news."

mid-1970s - "Get off my phone, you ignorant creep!" was Sterling's signature line when he disagreed with a caller. WMCA, I believe it was. good times.


funnily enough, if you google: "sterling "get off my phone you ignorant creep"", the only results that pop up are your posts here on BBTF.


i don't doubt that he used that phrase at some point, but i do think it's pretty hilarious that the only evidence of it on the entire internet is things you've said on this site.
   11. The District Attorney Posted: July 28, 2012 at 09:52 PM (#4194876)
whoops, post in error
   12. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: July 28, 2012 at 09:55 PM (#4194877)
Somewhere--I think it was the Grantland oral history of WFAN although I'm disinclined to look it up just now--they said Sterling more-or-less invented the concept of a sports talk radio host actively treating his callers like they were a bunch of clowns. I don't know if that's true (I don't even know how you can really say that's true) but if so, that's probably his greatest accomplishment, even if I can totally see it being one that developed from his actual personality.
   13. Good cripple hitter Posted: July 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM (#4194881)

funnily enough, if you google: "sterling "get off my phone you ignorant creep"", the only results that pop up are your posts here on BBTF.


Yeah, but if you google john sterling "Get off my phone", you can find people saying: "I remember John Sterling doing sports talk (WMCA - 570) before I remember Art Rust (WABC - 770) although it's possible they existed for a time concurrently. Sterling played the angry know-it-all role (you don't know what you're talking about .. get off my phone!!)" and "Sterling is great Kate. He had a call in show on WMCA bac in the 70's and my friends and I would call in and piss him off. He would scream "GET OFF MY PHONE YOU CREEP"!!!" so the only real change is the specific phrasing.

   14. Howie Menckel Posted: July 28, 2012 at 11:06 PM (#4194921)

fair enough, perhaps "ignorant" was not always part of that shtick almost 40 years ago.
guilty as charged
   15. Repoz Posted: July 29, 2012 at 01:09 AM (#4194994)
I'm pretty sure Sterling took over Jack Spector's (who also knew nothing of sports) one hour sports show in 1971 at WMCA.

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