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Erik Boland of Newsday reported that tonight’s game between the Yankees and Orioles has been postponed.  There is no makeup date yet. CC Sabathia is set to start tomorrow night.

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This post is dedicated to a man who once said he would give back one of his children if he could witness a Giants World Series Championship. After 51 long years, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo finally got it. After the last out of the Fall Classic was recorded, I know a lot of New Yorkers who were dedicated listeners to the “Mike and the Mad Dog” show thought about what was going through Russo’s mind. Sirius XM Radio wouldn’t let Russo go on with Mike yesterday on WFAN, so this is the best we can do. From Neil Nest of Newsday:

Mike Francesa said he invited Chris Russo to open the WFAN show today but that Sirius XM did not permit Russo to come on. “I was gonna do Mike today. Then I thought about it and I said that’s not fair to the folks who employ me now, to the folks who bought the subscription. I didn’t feel that was fair to do anything but here first. I love Mike. It’s got nothing to do with that. I just felt for here, this is where I’ve got to be first.”

 “I never would have thought I ever would have seen it.”

Monologe Part 1 & 2


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Just in case you didn’t know, Suzyn Waldman spent 15 years on and off Broadway before becoming a radio broadcaster for WCBS 880, and even starred (as Aldonza) opposite Richard Kiley in a 1979 revival of “Man of La Mancha” for two years. She’s also performed the National Anthem at many Yankees and Knicks home games over the years. 

“I was very, very good,” she says. “I just wasn’t an original, you know? People would say I had the heart of Judy Garland and I belted like Streisand and I had the range of Barbara Cook. But these people already exist.” 

Waldman was voted the worst commentator in New York by the fans in a Newsday poll a few years ago. Back in 2007, she signed a contract extension to continue broadcasting Yankees games on the radio through at least 2011. So, you’ll have to at least listen to her for at least one more season. I know some of the things she says or does on the air might irritate you, but I don’t really have a problem with what she does. I find it funny though, because people make fun of her voice and all, meanwhile she was performing on Broadway with that same voice. (more…)

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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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