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If you were listening to the Yankees telecast, you must have heard Michael Kay and David Cone break the news that Masahiro Tanaka has just landed on the 15-day disabled list with what they’re calling a “tender wrist.” That sounds like it’s not connected to the UCL tear and we may not have to sound the alarms just yet. Coney said that this report begs a lot of questions and wonders if Tanaka is compensating because of his elbow.

At the same time, no injury to Masahiro’s arm should be taken lightly. According to reports, Brian Cashman has stated that there is “no change” in Tanaka’s elbow. He was also asked if this could be a Tommy John surgery “precursor”…to which he said, “could be.”

Tanaka will be shut down for 7-10 days. We may not see him for another month or so. Nobody knows for sure. Now, we play a waiting game and see how this unfolds.

Masahiro Tanaka

Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

 

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Andy Kindler took his annual visit to Yankees Spring Training camp in Florida. He appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night and shared his experiences. Here’s a look back at at 2010.

Andy Kindler: (wondering how you work in a baseball glove) “Do you suck it….uh….soak it…”  David Wells: “I don’t suck anything, buddy. You might want to suck it.”

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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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Andy Pettitte is still undecided. Even though the Yankees have already claimed that they’ve “moved on”, it still puts the team in a tense situation. You know the organization still has Andy in their mind, and they could really use him in the starting rotation this season. As it stands now, Sergio Mitre and Ivan Nova would have the back end of the rotation. It’s time ffor Andy to come to a decision. This is what Pettitte had to say to a reporter just last week:

“I’m just chilling out, hanging,” Pettitte told the newspaper. “I’m relaxing. If I had something, y’all would know. If I knew exactly what I was doing, y’all would know.”

“I don’t want to be a story,” Pettitte said. “I really don’t want [the Yankees] to worry about me. I just want them to go, just go on.”

-The first time George Steinbrenner was referred to as “The Boss”. You should really check out Mary Jane’s other blog posts, as she recounts some of her memories with George.

Jodi Applegate-Michael Kay

Jodi Applegate is already wondering what she got herself into when she got engaged to Yankees play-by-play announcer, Michael Kay. “Chicken parm is probably the most exotic thing he’ll eat — and he’ll eat mozzarella cheese because it’s in chicken parm.”

-Suzanne “Mrs. Singy” Singleton explores the Anatomy of a Broadcaster’s Briefcase. She goes through the preparation, homework and life of a sports broadcaster. (more…)

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The guys over at New York Barstool Sports are debating who is the “Bigger Yankee Fan Douchebag”. Options include the fan wearing a Michael Kay T-Shirt or the fan in the bleachers who pretends he’s playing the outfield.

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I ran a topic on Twitter…called: #ThingsYankeesFansHate and I got a ton of responses. It even became a trending topic in New York City. I thought I would share a bunch with some of you guys. I don’t agree with all of these, but I’ll let these fans speak out (so, don’t get offended). Here is a list in no particular order:

Things Yankees Fans Hate

  1. The Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation
  2. The Wave
  3. Dallas Braden and “His Mound”
  4. West Coast Night Games
  5. Fox, Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
  6. Fans who wear Yankees jerseys with a name on the back
  7. ESPN, ESPNNewYork.com, Joe Morgan, Jon Miller, John Kruk
  8. Morons who say Jonathan Papelbon is “the best closer in baseball”
  9. Playing in Anaheim
  10. Fair weather/Bandwagon fans
  11. Games televised on MY9
  12. The Rally Monkey
  13. “Rays Fans”
  14. Luis Gonzalez and his bloop single off Mariano & Game 7 of the ’01 Fall Classic
  15. Listening to Sterling & Waldman on the radio
  16. The Cleveland Indians drum
  17. The “Yankees Suck” Chant
  18. Joe West. You sir, are a disgrace to umpires everywhere
  19. The Zales Fan Marquee & people who actually pay money to be on it
  20. W.B. Mason Commercials
  21. The suits sitting in the expensive seats
  22. Mike Lupica, Ian O’Connor
  23. People who really believe you can buy a championship
  24. When girls say yes to marriage proposals at Yankee Stadium
  25. Carl’s Steaks with a 20-minute line and 67 hot dog stands with no line
  26. Outrageous facial hair
  27. Fans of other teams doing a roll call
  28. Curt Schilling, Kevin Youkilis, Kevin Millar, Jason Varitek, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett, Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee
  29. Carl Pavano, Chan Ho Park, Hideki Irabu, Kyle Farnsworth, Jaret Wright, Kevin Brown, John Rocker, José Valverde
  30. Fans of other teams sitting in the bleachers
  31. Mascots
  32. John Henry
  33. Rainouts and off-days
  34. Flash doing commentary
  35. Michael Kay and his man-crush on Paul O’Neill
  36. Kate Smith’s rendition of God Bless America
  37. Josh Beckett’s Game 6 performance in the 2003 World Series
  38. Giuseppe Franco
  39. Yankee Stadium Parking Garages $
  40. Derek Jeter double plays
  41. Fans who really think Cervelli is Posada’s heir apparent
  42. Empty Legends seats
  43. The price of the Lobel’s Prime Rib Sandwich
  44. YMCA and Cotton Eye Joey
  45. Not being able to hit a pitcher we haven’t seen before
  46. People who bring gloves up in the grandstand
  47. Felix Hernandez, Edgar Martinez, Francisco Rodriguez
  48. The 2004 ALCS
  49. Pink Yankees hats
  50. Jimmy Rollins talking shit during the 2009 World Series
  51. The B Train
  52. Bill Mazeroski
  53. The Rays tank at the Trop, The Green Monster
  54. A-Rod (Pre-2009)
  55. Stupid Yankees Fans
  56. Losing
  57. Stub-Hub Saturdays
  58. Box Seats, according to the Bleacher Creatures
  59. ROGER CLEMENS IS IN GEORGE’S BOX AND ROGER CLEMENS IS COMIN’ BACK. OH MY GOOD–GOODNESS GRACIOUS! OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS–OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN, ROGER CLEMENS STANDING RIGHT IN GEORGE STEINBRENNER’S BOX ANNOUNCING HE IS BACK! ROGER CLEMENS IS A NEW YORK YANKEE!

Now, I’m sure you could come up with a lot more. If you want me to add more to the list, feel free to drop more in the comments section below.

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NEW YORK- AUGUST 04: Alex Rodriguez

On a 2-0 pitch, Alex Rodriguez launched a 2-run home run (off a 85mph fastball from Shuan Marcum) in the bottom of the 1st inning to put the team up 2-0 over the Blue Jays. It was the highly anticipated home run that everyone has been waiting for. It took him 46 at-bats, but he’s finally in the 600HR club, joining Bonds, Aaron, Ruth, Mays, Griffey and Sosa. Alex is now the youngest player to ever hit 600HR’s, just 8 days past his 35th birthday. He actually hit in on the same day (August 4, 2007) that he hit HR #500.

Funny enough, the ball landed in Monument Park and a Yankee Stadium security guard picked up the ball.  I guess that belongs to the Yankees now, and it will go directly to Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees organization was prepared to give the fan a autographed baseball, jersey, hat and bat from Rodriguez. If that wasn’t enough, they were going to offer the person lunch with A-Rod and Cameron Diaz. (Via Jack Curry: Michael Kay passed this along during the YES Network broadcast).

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Joel Sherman just broke the news on Twitter:

“Congrats to pal Mike Kay, who called me about an hour ago to say got engaged to newscaster Jodi Applegate. Only the best for 2 nice people”

Congrats Michael! I’m sure Paul O’Neill is happy about this!

Jerry: Michael Kay… Elaine: Yeah? Jerry: Is getting married! Elaine: Get 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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Whether it’s Sterling, Flatherty, Waldman, Kay, or any of the other YES Network and WCBS 880 broadcast members, the fans always have something to complain about. It could be the crazy home run calls by Sterling, Kay’s big head, or the boring Flatherty (I don’t think he is). You even hear people make rude comments about the lovely Kim Jones. I just don’t get it.

Every person has their own quirks, and if you don’t like them for any reason..why don’t you just mute the tv? Nobody is forcing you to listen to these games. You can say the same thing for Buck and McCarver. If you hate them so damn much, just turn off your television. People don’t realize how hard and grueling these jobs really are. Let’s remember that these guys call and report from a 162-game season.

I was actually waiting outside the press gate the other day, after that grueling loss to the Tribe and I had the chance to meet Michael Kay and John Sterling. I could see they were both in a rush to leave the ballpark, but they took the time to shake my hand and sign a baseball for me. Even Suzyn Waldman waved hello.

I’m just sick and tired of all the complaints and rude comments these people have to hear. It’s unnecessary.

 

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