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Earlier this year, news broke that the Yankees would join the Mets on PIX 11 after striking a deal with the YES Network. That means Yankees games will no longer be televised on MY9.

Via PIX11:

PIX11 will televise approximately 21 games this season; its broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date. PIX11 had been the broadcast home of the Yankees from 1951 through 1998. YES, which remains the exclusive local television rights holder for the Yankees, will televise 125 Yankees games this season.

Yankees on PIX11 2015 Schedule:

1.  Friday, April 10, Red Sox  7:00PM Home

2. Monday, April 13, Orioles  7:00PM Away

3. Sunday, April 19, Rays  1:00PM Away

4. Saturday, April 25, Mets 4:00PM Home

5. Friday, May 15, Royals  8:00PM Away

6. Saturday, May 16, Royals 7:00PM Away

7. Saturday, May 23, Rangers 1:00PM Home

8. Tuesday, May 26, Royals  7:00PM Home

9. Monday, June 15, Marlins  7:00PM Away

10. Monday, June 22, Phillies  7:00PM Home

11. Friday, July 10, Red Sox  7:00PM Away

12. Sunday, July 19, Mariners  1:00PM Home

13. Wednesday, July 22, Orioles  7:00PM Home

14. Saturday, July 25, Twins  7:00PM Away

15. Saturday, August 1, White Sox  7:00PM Away

16. Thursday, August 13, Indians  7:00PM Away

17. Monday, August 17, Twins  7:00PM Home

18. Monday, August 24, Astros  7:00PM Home

19. Sunday, September 13, Blue Jays  1:00PM Home

20. Wednesday, September 16, Rays  7:00PM Away

21. Monday, September 21, Blue Jays  7:00PM Away

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If you were watching the telecast of the Yankees-Red Sox game yesterday on the YES Network, you could hear Lou Piniella use the word ‘raped’ to describe the trade between the Blue Jays and Marlins (which included Buehrle, Johnson, Reyes, etc.). He said, “I don’t want to use the word ‘raped,’ but they (Toronto) basically took a lot of talent from the Miami Marlins.” According to Bob Raissman of the NY Daily News, Sweet Lou apologized and stated, “A Yankee official said the organization stood behind Piniella while recognizing he made a mistake.”

We all know how seriously this word is taken, but their was something humorous in the fact that he said he didn’t want to use the word and then actually said it. It was a  weird moment. Ken Singleton didn’t respond and just continued calling the game. You got the feeling that it was just a slip of the tongue moment for Lou, and not grounds for firing. It was odd, that’s for sure.

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo reunited for a segment on Mike Francesa’s show on Radio Row in Indianapolis. It’s almost as if the two never split up. I don’t know about you guys, but I wish these guys were still back on the air together. It just seems so right.

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Jorge Posada’s retirement press conference was quite emotionally stirring. It’s not often a player wears one uniform for their entire career. Posada put up phenomenal numbers in the most demanding position on the field and served as a great vocal leader for the franchise. He wore his heart on his sleeve and will rank with some of the greats to ever put on the Yankee pinstripes.

Posada stated that he grew up in front of the fans. The said can be said about myself. When Posada got the call up in 1995, I was 4 years-old. Seventeen years later, Posada is hanging ’em up and here stands a 20 year-old Yankees fan. It’s hard to believe.

“Playing for the Yankees has been an honor — I could never have worn another uniform,” Posada said. (more…)

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Yankees television play-by-play broadcaster, Michael Kay was at Madison Square Garden tonight decked out in full New York Rangers gear after losing a friendly bet to Don La Greca.

Kay lost a bet with Don (his radio partner on 1050 ESPN  Radio), and his punishment was to attend a New York Rangers game in full uniform. If Kay had won the bet, Don would’ve had to attend a New York Yankees game in a Yankees jersey and batting helmet. Kay was sitting in Sec. 62 with La Greca. Al Trautwig interviewed Michael in the stands. Trautwig said, “So, do you feel like a loser?” Kay responded, “Oh, I am a loser. I don’t feel like one.”

Trautwig: “So, dressed as a Ranger, you feel like a loser?” Kay: “No, dressed in a full Ranger uniform and not being on the ice. Are you trying to trap me, Al?”

The real question is…how did these guys manage to come up with a helmet big enough for his gigantic head? (more…)

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NO ONE'S LOOKING AT YOU, MIKE! Merlyweds Michael Kay and his much, MUCH better half, Channel 11 news anchor Jodi Applegate, at their gala wedding last night at The Plaza.  'I DO': Rudy Giuliani makes the happy couple husband and wife.

The long anticipated Michael Kay wedding. Let the jokes roll in.

From the NY Post:

Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay and TV news anchor Jodi Applegate tied the knot at The Plaza last night in a lavish ceremony packed with pinstripe powerhouses and skippered by former Mayor and Bronx Bombers die-hard Rudy Giuliani.

Several former Yankee greats such as Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez and Darryl Strawberry, were among the 350 guests who turned out to watch the lovebirds exchange vows at the storied hotel shortly after twilight.

“It’s a great day for Michael Kay,” Strawberry told The Post. “He waited this long for the right one. It’s amazing.”

Baseball bigs, including Yanks manager Joe Girardi and team co-owner Hal Steinbrenner rubbed elbows with TV personalities such as NBC anchor Brian Williams and Applegate’s WPIX/Channel 11 colleagues Kaity Tong and weatherman Mr. G.

And actor Danny Aiello, Kay’s uncle, was on hand to fete the happy couple as were former Yanks and Kay’s YES-network colleagues Al Leiter, David Cone and John Flaherty.

The president of Fordham University, Kay’s alma mater, gave the benediction before a grinning Giuliani took the helm.

Applegate donned a white empire lace dress designed by Suzanne Neville from the Wedding Atelier bridal boutique. She changed her dress three more times throughout the night, a guest said.

The auburn-haired stunner also sported sparkly, 14-carat diamond earrings on loan from London Jewelry, and custom silk gloves, silk velvet cuffs and a white fox fur stole. (more…)

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The guy who posted the video meant to say “Johnnie Walker TV Commercial”…

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During the bottom of the 7th inning in yesterday’s game, a foul ball sailed into the YES Network booth. And who caught it? The “boring” John Flaherty…

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I don’t know about you guys, but talking on your cell phone or texting during a game is a something I don’t do. When you’re at the stadium, why should you be talking to people? Just enjoy the game. The guy had some really good seats, and he wasn’t even watching the game. I think he deserves to get his front teeth knocked out….

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From the NY Daily News:

Listeners of Michael Kay’s ESPN afternoon-drive radio show may not know it, but the beautiful girlfriend he sometimes talks about is News 12 Long Island anchor Jodi Applegate. The couple have been dating for a little over a year now, and Applegate tells Gatecrasher that they met after Kay, the TV voice of the Yankees on the Yes Network, spied her from afar at the 2009 Emmy Awards.

The next day, he waxed romantic about the former “Good Day New York” anchor at length on his ESPN show, telling the audience that Applegate was his idea of the “perfect woman” – “so perfect” that he couldn’t bring himself to talk to her.

When Applegate heard about Kay’s on-air mash-o-logue, she says her response was, “Michael who?” But she ended up calling Kay’s producer and, without letting the sportscaster in on the goof, phoned in to his show the next day as “Jodi from Long Island.” Their call went on for 12 minutes, and when Kay realized he was talking to his idea of the perfect woman, “he began asking me out on the air,” Applegate says.

The News 12 anchor turned him down because she was seeing someone at the time, but when she found herself unattached a few months later, she e-mailed Kay. After a first date at Pomodoro restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, “we’ve been together ever since,” she says. They even attended this year’s Emmys together.

Way to go Michael! I’m sure Paul O’Neill will continue to bug him about getting married….

Jodi Applegate and Michael Kay have been dating for a little over a year.

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Michael Kay took a few minutes out of his time on The Michael Kay Show last Friday, venting his displeasure with New York Post columnist, Phil Muschnick. It’s a great read. Neil Best of Newsday provides the transcript of Kay’s rant:

“This is a quote from Phil Mushnick’s column in the Post today: ‘Now a scold: When Kay lifts a chunk from a newspaper column, repeats it almost word for word on his radio show as if it’s his original thought and he doesn’t credit the author, or at least the publication in which it appeared, that’s dishonest, a form of theft.’

“I wish I could overtake Mike Francesa. I try to do that every single day. And you have the nerve every day to hammer that guy and John Sterling? For the last 20 years you’ve written the same column. Now you’ve gone too far when you question the fact that I steal people’s ideas, when I don’t have enough of a frame of mind to come up with my own stuff, I have to steal people’s ideas without giving them credit? I don’t do it. I’ve never done it. And you write an open-ended thing like that without giving a specific case? How dare you? 

“First things first: Who the hell are you to scold me? My mother and father scolded me and they’re dead. You’re not, OK? Don’t ever scold me. You don’t have that right to be scolding me, nor do you have that gravitas. You’re nothing, OK? And what you wrote is untrue. Because of all the people that you talk to, even people at this station, I’m obsessed with giving credit. Some of my best friends in the world are newspaper writers and I always give credit.

“If I inadvertently or unknowingly gave the same kind of thought that was in a newspaper column without crediting it, well then I apologize for that. But I want you to tell me what I did and when I did it. Because the way you write it it’s like it’s a constant thing, and that’s fraudulent on your part. Fraudulent. That is not true. And I’ve got stuff on you. You want to question ethics? I’ll bring it out, too. I’ve got plenty of things that would question your ethics and your morals and the way you do your job. And I’m going to leave it open-ended, too. How does that feel?

“You guys have thin skins. If you think about, what are critics? Critics are parasites that live off the work of others and critique it. Do something on your own. I’d never steal a line from your column, Phil, because I know every single day exactly what you’re going to write.

“Let’s see: You’ll rip Mike Francesa, who’s one of the most successful people in this business. You’re going to rip John Sterling, who’s one of the most popular people that does major league baseball. Oh, yeah, you also don’t like when people say, ‘Let’s break it down.’

“And you don’t like the term ‘walk off.’ And you think that ESPN self-congratulates itself. Oh, yeah, and black uniforms. You’re a six-trick pony, baby. You write the same thing. You don’t get off your couch in your living room and you have the nerve to question my ethics and my honesty? How dare you? You have no right and you have no credibility to do it. (more…)

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