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.
Posted: September 10, 2012 at 05:13 AM | 29 comment(s)
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