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Sunday, August 06, 2006

New York Daily News - Baseball - Bob Raissman’s Tuning In: Dog bites hand that feeds him

On Tuesday, the day after he called Brian Cashman a liar and engaged in a contentious interview with him, WFAN’s Chris (Mad Dog) Russo said everything was cool because the Yankees GM could take the heat.

Russo went on to say others in the Yankees organization, such as club prez Randy Levine, could not and were probably still “mad” about his over-the-top interview with Cashman. Russo said Cashman was lying when he explained he would have nixed the Bobby Abreu deal if Cory Lidle was not included.

WFAN needs to tighten the Dog’s leash.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2006 at 03:55 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: August 06, 2006 at 04:53 PM (#2129035)
Well, let me ask this: If you're Brian Cashman, is there any way in the world you let the trade completely founder over Lidle? Maybe you only give the Phillies 3 pieces of farm system jetsam instead of 4, but if Philly's basically going to give Abreu away, then the Yankees have to take him. I wouldn't say Cashman was necessarily a liar, but I think he was trying to make Lidle sound like an important pickup, and um, exaggerated things a little.
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 06, 2006 at 06:19 PM (#2129125)
True story:

(I realize when people say "true story", you immediately begin to doubt it, but I assure you, this is true)

20 years ago, when I was still living in New York (Long Island) I had a friend with whom I used to play basketball. Good guy, younger than me, had graduated from St. John’s and wanted to get into radio. One night, he introduces me to a friend of his who had just moved back from Florida where he had been an announcer for one of the USFL teams (don’t remember which one). Since the USFL had folded, this guy was looking for a job in sports broadcasting. We went out to a bar with several other people where my friend’s friend proceeded to make a complete ass of himself with his sports opinions and “facts” among these latter were

-that Dwight Gooden was as tall as Strawberry

-that George Foster had never been with the Giants

-that Csonka was from Pennsylvania (this last one was of particular interst to me, since I had played against Csonka in high school. In Ohio.

After the evening, my friend apologized for the behavior of his friend and said something like “he gets carried away sometimes”. Right

Anyway, I moved away from NY soon after, but get back a couple/three times a year for various reasons.

In the late 80’s, when WFAN started, I was driving and listening to this strange obnoxious voice that seemed vaguely familiar and it suddenly struck me. But, no, it couldn’t be…no way

So I called my friend.. and he said “yep—it’s him”
   3. CiC Posted: August 06, 2006 at 09:04 PM (#2129318)
Russo is an issue maker. He's flat out of ideas. He's been going to the well and creating drama-radio lately with Francesa gone. Russo's whole idea of good radio is to try and make a completely irrational view look rational by cutting callers off, yelling over them and countering their points when they're no longer on the telephone.

It's not just a Cashman thing, though that was quite the fight. He did the same thing in relation to Duaner Sanchez a few days later. Chris Russo is just a prick. That's all.
   4. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: August 06, 2006 at 10:19 PM (#2129371)
New York radio personality has an overinflated sense of self-importance and offers very little substance? I'm positively shocked.
   5. HowardMegdal Posted: August 06, 2006 at 10:36 PM (#2129385)
It continues to amaze me that a man with Chris Russo's voice and Chris Russo's brain is paid to talk about what comes into Chris Russo's head.
   6. schuey Posted: August 06, 2006 at 11:42 PM (#2129446)
Didn't Raissman and Phil Mushnick once have a show on WFAN that folded in about a week. Worse-than-Pete-Franklin dreadful.
Interesting how Raissman blasts Lidle for stating his feelings on the Phillies when last January he praised Tiki Barber for saying the Giants got outcoached. Raissman even took a swipe at Lupica for criticizing Barber but mainly saved his fire for Fatso and Fruitloops.
I suppose Beningo should have asked Murcer about Munson'sdeath, is it a requirement tdo it every year? Murcer is a braodcaster for a team in the heat of a pennant race. Asking him about that seems more important.
   7. TerpNats Posted: August 07, 2006 at 12:11 AM (#2129465)
Together, Francesa and Russo are dynamite. They have a real rapport with each other, strong beliefs in what they're saying, and even a sense of humor. Individually, each are much less effective, and this time of year, when one or the other goes on vacation, the program is far weaker.
   8. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 07, 2006 at 12:37 AM (#2129532)
Interesting how Raissman blasts Lidle for stating his feelings on the Phillies when last January he praised Tiki Barber for saying the Giants got outcoached.


Without getting into whether Tiki Barber was right to say the Giants got outcoached, the two situations aren't really analgous. Barber was critical of coaches he still has to play under. Lidle was quiet about the problems with the team until he no longer had to go back in the locker room. Raissman can hold both positions without being hypocritical.
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: August 07, 2006 at 02:57 AM (#2129831)
Are you guys listening to the same radio I am ?

I strongly disagree with everything said in posts #3 and #5.

I didnt read the article, but this reminds me of last offseason when Cash was on with Russo and Francesca and they were strongly warning Brian not to sign Farnsworth. Cashman diplomatically took it under advisement, and then the Farnsworth signing was announced like the next day.
   10. Repoz Posted: August 07, 2006 at 03:20 AM (#2129863)
Is this the same Dog that said Reed Johnson is a terrible player and having an awful year...and that Josh Barfield has been a complete bust and that's why they got Toddy Walker?

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