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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Mike Francesa Says Mets Shutting Him Out From Doing Show At Citi Field

Maybe he could do the remote from Isotopes Park…if it existed.

Mike Francesa would like to do his show from Citi Field on May 14 and May 15 for the Subway Series.

But according to the WFAN host, the Mets aren’t allowing him to do so.

“We will not be at Citi Field for those two games because the Mets are not allowing us to do our show out of there,” Francesa said on air on Thursday afternoon. “It’s the first weekday games we’ve ever missed in the history of the Subway Series, where we haven’t had remotes. We’ll do the remotes at Yankee Stadium the first two days. The next two days we will not do the remotes from Citi Field because the Mets won’t let us.

“So we will not be there. And we’ve never not done a remote for any weekday game in the history of the Subway Series.”

Repoz Posted: May 01, 2014 at 06:36 PM | 34 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Davo Dozier Posted: May 01, 2014 at 07:13 PM (#4698497)
Whoa whoa whoa--what about the First Amendment?
   2. Bug Selig Posted: May 01, 2014 at 07:17 PM (#4698498)
Honestly, he's not welcome at my house either. BFD.
   3. AJMcCringleberry Posted: May 01, 2014 at 07:20 PM (#4698499)
Why does a radio show need to go on the road?
   4. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:07 PM (#4698509)
Why does a radio show need to go on the road?


Well it's a television show too and it makes for great tv watching Mike Francesa stare at the Daily News box score page held down by the can of Diet Coke as he asks a question of Sandy Alderson who is sitting next to him gazing at a dust ball beneath Francesa's left shoe.
   5. Esoteric Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:11 PM (#4698510)
By god, it's nearly enough to make me admire the Mets.
   6. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:15 PM (#4698512)
Not from New York and have never heard this guy's show (nor actually set foot in New York City), but Christ what a piece of work this guy sounds like in every story posted on here. 'Megalomaniacal' sounds not entirely inaccurate.
   7. Kurt Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:19 PM (#4698515)
Why does a radio show need to go on the road?


For the scintillating interviews. Don't you love talk radio during Super Bowl week as much as the rest of us do?
   8. Publius Publicola Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:21 PM (#4698517)
Say what you will about the Mets, at least they have some dignity.
   9. Publius Publicola Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:22 PM (#4698518)
Not from New York and have never heard this guy's show


His show is, how do I say it...well, it has a certain fungibility.
   10. Howie Menckel Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:24 PM (#4698521)

Mike unironically said yesterday that the Donald Sterling fiasco was an example of a story that "gained so much inertia that there was just no stopping it."

don't ever change, Mike!


   11. Publius Publicola Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:25 PM (#4698522)
Wait, maybe he could do the show from Albuquerque instead.
   12. Publius Publicola Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:26 PM (#4698524)
Inertia is a term he learned in graduate school at St. John's.
   13. Ray (RDP) Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:39 PM (#4698527)
“It’s the first weekday games we’ve ever missed in the history of the Subway Series,


People still care about the Subway Series?
   14. Ray (RDP) Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:42 PM (#4698531)
Why does a radio show need to go on the road?


So that they can do interview after interview and make the show unlistenable.

(And no, I don't know why a radio show needs in-person interviews. His show is simulcast but that still doesn't explain what is really added by having the guest sitting there. But, then, I can't stand those silly late night shows either but they've been on for half a century.)
   15. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:48 PM (#4698534)
Mike unironically said yesterday that the Donald Sterling fiasco was an example of a story that "gained so much inertia that there was just no stopping it."

don't ever change, Mike!


Ummm, he may not know it, but he's not quite wrong. From Merriam-Webster:

in·er·tia noun \i-?n?r-sh?, -sh?-?\
: lack of movement or activity especially when movement or activity is wanted or needed

: a feeling of not having the energy or desire that is needed to move, change, etc.

physics : a property of matter by which something that is not moving remains still and something that is moving goes at the same speed and in the same direction until another thing or force affects it


emphasis added.

The more correct word would be momentum, but inertia is sort of a synonym for momentum.
   16. Ray (RDP) Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:49 PM (#4698535)
For the scintillating interviews. Don't you love talk radio during Super Bowl week as much as the rest of us do?


Yeah, perfect example.

And don't forget the trivia contest that he plays for days on end to give listeners a chance to win super bowl tickets. Nothing like
listening to caller after caller flail away helplessly at obscure trivia questions ("What player played left guard for the New York Jets
for 38 seconds of the 2nd quarter in the Joe Namath Super Bowl?"). It would be one thing if he told you the answer after the caller
got it wrong, but since he saves the questions and answers for later use you can't even see whether your guess was correct.

This goes on for days.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:55 PM (#4698542)

thanks, snapper - yeah, don't think Mike was channeling that advanced physics variation!
   18. flournoy Posted: May 01, 2014 at 09:06 PM (#4698548)
It's really not very advanced. Is there another way to use the word "inertia?"

EDIT: Reading the post, I guess so. Weird.
   19. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: May 01, 2014 at 09:24 PM (#4698557)
Mike Francesa Says . . .


. . . and that's where I stopped reading.
   20. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 01, 2014 at 09:41 PM (#4698564)
inertia is fungible (or so says Al Alburquerque)
   21. Walt Davis Posted: May 01, 2014 at 09:56 PM (#4698574)
Holy crap!! For once I am a Mets fan.

Best decision of the Wilpon era?
   22. TRBMB Posted: May 02, 2014 at 07:48 AM (#4698695)
Francesa, the most brilliant human on the planet, should be banned everywhere else on the same planet. In addition, he is an arrogant fat man.
   23. villageidiom Posted: May 02, 2014 at 08:24 AM (#4698700)
Why does a radio show need to go on the road?

For the scintillating interviews.

1. It's a lot easier to get guests when they're all in the same neighborhood as the broadcast.

2. It's easier to market the show if it becomes a leech to an event having its own marketing machinery.

Those are basically the reasons. It's easier on the producer to get guests, and it's easier to market the show. If you want to say it's a path to success for otherwise lazy producers and marketers, I wouldn't object.

Thing is, the Subway Series is - with respect to getting guests - nothing more than a handful of home games. If you can't get Brett Gardner or Ike Davis to show up for interviews in normal homestands, they shouldn't be any more available for this series. It's not even like you can fool someone on the road team into appearing on your show. And it's questionable that the marketing around the Subway Series is something WFAN can actually leverage.

I get why sports talk radio shows go on the road. I don't get why going "on the road", in the same city, for this event, was ever a thing. That's not to diminish the event, nor the show. I just don't see much of a point.
   24. Chip Posted: May 02, 2014 at 08:50 AM (#4698711)
So that they can do interview after interview and make the show unlistenable.


There are two alternatives. And the only things worse than Mike Francesa taking to a guest is Mike Francesa talking to a caller, or Mike Francesa delivering a monologue.

   25. Swoboda is freedom Posted: May 02, 2014 at 09:08 AM (#4698723)
inertia is fungible (or so says Al Alburquerque)

You mean Alberto Jose Alburqueque?
   26. JE (Jason) Posted: May 02, 2014 at 09:59 AM (#4698762)
There are two alternatives. And the only things worse than Mike Francesa taking to a guest is Mike Francesa talking to a caller, or Mike Francesa delivering a monologue.

QFT. I would rather hear a five-hour loop of 1-866-KARS-4-KIDS commercials.
   27. Bug Selig Posted: May 02, 2014 at 10:01 AM (#4698765)
In addition, he is an arrogant fat man.


On behalf or fat men everywhere, I demand an apology.
   28. A Fatty Cow That Need Two Seats Posted: May 02, 2014 at 10:07 AM (#4698774)
1-866-KARS-4-KIDS commercials


Close your eyes, sing the song to yourself and consider whether you want to make a change in that phone #
   29. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: May 02, 2014 at 10:18 AM (#4698779)
There's something really creepy about those ads. The harmonizing is just really...odd.
   30. Nasty Nate Posted: May 02, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4698793)
“We will not be at Citi Field for those two games because the Mets are not allowing us to do our show out of there,” Francesa said on air on Thursday afternoon. “It’s the first weekday games we’ve ever missed in the history of the Subway Series, where we haven’t had remotes. We’ll do the remotes at Yankee Stadium the first two days. The next two days we will not do the remotes from Citi Field because the Mets won’t let us.

“So we will not be there. And we’ve never not done a remote for any weekday game in the history of the Subway Series.”


I only listened to Mike & The Mad Dog for a few months, and I see Mike has not changed. Why say something once when you can say it 4 times in a row?
   31. Kurt Posted: May 02, 2014 at 10:42 AM (#4698799)
#26 ruined my day. Thanks, Jason.
   32. dirk Posted: May 02, 2014 at 11:08 AM (#4698818)
it can't be that much of an earworm if you got the number wrong! it's 1-877-kars-4-kids if you want to do-nate your kar to-day. i heard a version on wfan one time that sounded like speed metal. i haven't heard it since.
   33. madvillain Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:02 PM (#4698855)
it can't be that much of an earworm if you got the number wrong! it's 1-877-kars-4-kids if you want to do-nate your kar to-day. i heard a version on wfan one time that sounded like speed metal. i haven't heard it since.


The org behind those commercials is super shady. They send decently off Jewish American kids to Israel, among other uses of the money. I was gonna donate a car one time, did some digging.
   34. JE (Jason) Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4698881)
There's something really creepy about those ads.

Speaking of "really creepy," is Steve Somers still spending overnights "under the covers" with his listeners?

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