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Monday, September 10, 2012

Raissman: When it comes to Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. guess it’s the NO Network

Well, Michael Kay did have Kevin Costner on CenterStage back in 2009…along with The Nederbeat-offs (noted Wally Tax cover band). I believe.

According to an MLB source Ripken’s PR man John Maroon e-mailed media outlets in Baltimore and New York informing them Ripken would be available during the game. WCBS-AM, the Yankees’ radio flagship, requested an interview.

“For whatever reason,” the source said. “YES had no interest in talking to Cal.”

The “reason” really doesn’t matter. Any would only be a lame excuse. Like a dog swallowed YES’ extra mike and it didn’t have one for Ripken. Or maybe on a night where the Yankees were battling the O’s for first place in the AL East, YES honchos didn’t want the ultimate symbol of Orioles baseball in their broadcast booth.

Or maybe someone at YES was worried Ripken’s presence in the booth would have offended the sensibilities of some suit in the Yankees front office.

Or maybe YES didn’t want to tick off the ghost of Lou Gehrig.

It wasn’t like YES was hiding Ripken’s presence. It showed him inside the ballpark, it showed the statue, and even had a shot of Gary Thorne interviewing Ripken on MASN. And if Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling had no problem chatting with Ripken you know Cal couldn’t contaminate the Yankee brand.

On a night of history, YES, the network owned by a team cloaked in it, ignored the man who made it. And that stinks. Unless the feeling is since Gehrig held the record Ripken broke the new mark doesn’t really exist.

Only on YES.

Repoz Posted: September 10, 2012 at 06:13 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Craig Calcaterra Posted: September 10, 2012 at 08:18 AM (#4231406)
Or maybe they figured that he, like most ex-athletes, didn't have anything particularly interesting to say.
   2. AROM Posted: September 10, 2012 at 08:42 AM (#4231413)
Talk about a manufactured controversy. I don't remember many guests in the broadcast booth who are associated with the other team.
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 10, 2012 at 08:50 AM (#4231418)
kind of a silly story.
   4. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: September 10, 2012 at 08:52 AM (#4231419)
Talk about a manufactured controversy. I don't remember many guests in the broadcast booth who are associated with the other team.


That was my first reaction. I don't think Oriole fans would have wanted to hear an interview with Bernie Williams in the middle of a very important pennant race* game.

* - Are we still going with "pennant race" as the term here? I love the sound of it but "playoff race" is a much better description.
   5. The_Ex Posted: September 10, 2012 at 09:11 AM (#4231425)
YES found out that Ripken wanted to talk about CC Sabbathia's elbow.
   6. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 10, 2012 at 09:14 AM (#4231426)
Alfonso Soriano has also been made available.
   7. Dale Sams Posted: September 10, 2012 at 09:59 AM (#4231447)
To be fair, YES didn't want to talk to me either.
   8. Accent Shallow Posted: September 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM (#4231454)

That was my first reaction. I don't think Oriole fans would have wanted to hear an interview with Bernie Williams in the middle of a very important pennant race* game.

* - Are we still going with "pennant race" as the term here? I love the sound of it but "playoff race" is a much better description.


I'm sticking with "pennant race", due to flow.

Also, no disrespect to Bernie Williams, but he was no Cal Ripken.
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: September 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM (#4231520)
Talk about a manufactured controversy. I don't remember many guests in the broadcast booth who are associated with the other team.


Really? I'm pretty sure every every Cardinal series has one if possible(oftentimes it's the broadcaster from the other team) I find it hard to believe that it's rare for someone from the other team not to be in at some point to be the norm. At least on the radio, TV is a little different as usually they have some dumb ass charity type of person in the booth for most of the innings.
   10. Kurt Posted: September 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM (#4231528)
Also, no disrespect to Bernie Williams, but he was no Cal Ripken.

He'd probably be a more interesting guy to talk to though.
   11. McCoy Posted: September 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM (#4231530)
The only problem with any of the reasons for not having Cal on is that the Yankees did have him on the radio so most of the excuses don't really work because of that.


If I had to guess I would guess that the issue was a timing issue.
   12. jingoist Posted: September 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM (#4231535)
"He'd probably be a more interesting guy to talk to though".

Has Bernie's mother ever been kidnapped and forced to take the robber to ATMs?
I don't think so.....

Actaully, they should have made Vi Ripken available to the Yes network.
Now that could have been an inightful interview.
   13. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4231539)
Is this really what passes for journalism today? Couldn't Raissman have called someone at YES and asked them why they didn't have Ripken on? What is the point of a Bob Raissman if not to do exactly that?

Also, is it just the perspective of the shot, or is the glove on that statue of Cal disproportionately enormous?
   14. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: September 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM (#4231575)
I'm pretty sure every every Cardinal series has one if possible(oftentimes it's the broadcaster from the other team) I find it hard to believe that it's rare for someone from the other team not to be in at some point to be the norm.


During the game? That surprises me. The Red Sox have people in the booth all the time and I don't remember an opposing team figure ever being the guy.

Also, no disrespect to Bernie Williams, but he was no Cal Ripken.


Yeah but he was the best recent comp I could come up with. Substitute Jeter and I think the same holds true.
   15. Bob Tufts Posted: September 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM (#4231611)
Or maybe they figured that Craig, like most ex-attorneys, didn't have anything particularly interesting to say. :<)
   16. ecwcat Posted: September 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM (#4231658)
I know Ken Singleton would have loved to chit-chat with Cal in the YES booth. Michael Kay, on the other hand, bleeds Yankees pinstripes. Cal is no Scott Brosius, who was invited up when the Yanks were in Oakland last season.
   17. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: September 10, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4231701)
Michael Kay, on the other hand, bleeds chicken parmigiana.


FYP
   18. Howie Menckel Posted: September 10, 2012 at 01:57 PM (#4231738)

I met Cal once, at a sports-related business event and.... pleasant enough, I guess, but not exactly scintillating.

But his brother, Billy? He's downright hilarious. Totally a guy you'd like to have a beer (or 10) with. Maybe YES should have asked Cal for Billy's number...

   19. Greg K Posted: September 10, 2012 at 02:26 PM (#4231781)
The other dude is doing most of the heavy lifting in it, but years later I still recall Cal's participation in this classic commercial.
   20. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: September 10, 2012 at 02:33 PM (#4231790)
You know someone has been lionized when a non-request for an interview is news. Wait, this isn't news is it?
   21. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 10, 2012 at 03:30 PM (#4231875)

But his brother, Billy? He's downright hilarious. Totally a guy you'd like to have a beer (or 10) with. Maybe YES should have asked Cal for Billy's number...

I don't think Billy's allowed on camera anymore.
   22. Srul Itza Posted: September 10, 2012 at 03:35 PM (#4231879)
On a night of history


The 17th Anniversary of breaking the record streak? The unveiling of yet another ball park statue?

I'm not seeing the momentous historic occasion here.
   23. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: September 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4231925)
Or maybe they figured that Craig, like most ex-attorneys, didn't have anything particularly interesting to say.


I'm always surprised how many sportswriters seem to hate the people they write about. If everytime I opened my mouth, someone tried to turn it into controversy in order to sell papers/blog hits/whatever, I think I would be uninteresting too.
   24. Dale Sams Posted: September 10, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4231937)
Has Bernie's mother ever been kidnapped and forced to take the robber to ATMs?


No, but he took batting advice from Goerge Costanza.
   25. Walt Davis Posted: September 10, 2012 at 05:34 PM (#4231975)
Never heard of him.

Oh, Calvin Edwin Ripken Junior!
   26. Bob Tufts Posted: September 10, 2012 at 05:37 PM (#4231980)
I'm always surprised how many sportswriters seem to hate the people they write about


They may believe that they are better than the people that they cover - and as frustrated athletes they are jealous of the adulation and money these successful and undereducated athletes receive. They can openly show this animus as the mouth-breathing sports fan loves to hear it and read it.

It's a not so subtle class based bias....at least I hope that it stops at class...
   27. SM Posted: September 10, 2012 at 07:39 PM (#4232056)
This is obviously a dumb non-story, but for the record YES has had former players from the other team on the air before. I know George Brett was in the booth for an inning or two earlier this year.
   28. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: September 10, 2012 at 07:44 PM (#4232057)
Also, YES announcer Ken Singleton doesn't have any natural affinity for the team; he primarily played with Baltimore in his career. John Flaherty was only a Yankee at the tail end of his career; Al Leiter at the very beginning and very end of his playing days.
   29. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 10, 2012 at 07:47 PM (#4232059)
Also, no disrespect to Bernie Williams, but he was no Cal Ripken.

He'd probably be a more interesting guy to talk to though.


Not really. Say, I wonder if Williams plays the guitar.

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