And don’t forget my special guest on CenterStage tonight will be will be that hip-breaking comedian, Homer Noodleman!
As the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network’s 10th anniversary season begins Friday in Tampa with the Bombers’ opener, its voices may be going in with added pressure and something to prove.
Early last month, the network’s president Tracy Dolgin called YES “a homer network.” He said he used the word “homer” “proudly,” as “opposed to a journalist fearing” the word.
“When you’re watching a game (on YES),” Dolgin told Newsday, “I’m very proud to say we’re rooting for the home team on our air.”
...We do know other baseball voices who are outraged over Dolgin portraying his announcers as cheerleaders. They figure a few of their peers at YES are ticked off, too.
“How could they not be. The guy they work for doesn’t care about their reputations. He made them look like a bunch of subservient jackasses,” said a baseball broadcaster who wanted to remain anonymous.
“I know some of those guys (at YES) and I know they are very good at what they do,” he said. “Unfortunately, they are managed from the top down by people who sometimes don’t have their priorities straight.”
Don’t look for any of the YES broadcasters to start gratuitously bashing Yankee players just to prove a point. Yet it would not be surprising to see them ratchet up the scrutiny — dwell on the negative more than usual — especially if the Yankees get off slow.