Elimination: It’s Your Vote, America!

Something must change. The Yankees, who just lost two of three (5 of 6 on the season) to the Red Sox, are definitively in _last_ place, and (through “channels”) have Stein=Steamed. Torre has had ample opportunity to prove himself worthy of this lineup, and should obviously be damn thankful for the pitching that he was given this year. Lineup is not hitting lately? A whack-a-mole rotation and pen so far into the tank that publicly humiliated starters get called on to save the game one day after their demotion and loss of face only to emerge a hero? Yankee pitchers giving up long balls like business cards at an Amway convention? Joe’s fault. Heads. Must. Roll. Case in point: last night, Karstens got his leg broke by the first pitch of the game to Julio Lugo; there goes Torre leaving a guy in there too long in a knee-jerk reaction to make up for the quick leash he’s had on the other guys this year, and by dumb luck the patsy gets the win. Talk about abusing your pitchers. Obviously, he should have swapped out for Igawa after the anthem and prior to the first pitch after demoting him if he knew a thing or two. What was he doing starting three rookies consecutively this year anyway, _and_ calling up Hughes? Moron. Look at the total lack of extra-base hits across the lineup as of late (prior to “pad my stats” ARod hitting as a _god_ distracting attention from what was a team’s losing record before he finally returning to near-earth orbit), not to mention the fact that there were three guys hitting south of .230 playing in a “must” game this afternoon. Torre’s clueless. Gone, I say, Yes, gerbil says he’s out. However, he read in a picture book that this is a democratic society, and what gerbil wants is not necessarily what gerbil gets, despite his keen insight. Who do you vote off the show, in this week’s episode of “You’re Fired!”

a) Torre
b) Cashman
c) Guidry
d) Rubenstein
e) Selig
f) Billy Martin
g) Alex Rodriguez
h) Ronan Tynan
i) Kate Smith
j) Bob Sheppard
k) Michael Kay
l) Himself (nope, not an option; that’s Somebody Else’s job)
m) Nobody (see g)
n) George/Dick/Giuliani
o) He falls back asleep

35 comments… add one

  • Michael Kay. Not his fault the team is losing, but is there anyone on the f*cking planet who’d be worse off with a little less Kay in their lives? It couldn’t hurt, is what I’m trying to say.
    Although it is nice to listen to one of broadcasting’s worst homers whining in the booth as his team scuffles. But that doesn’t make up for the undisguised glee he gets from someone like Julio Lugo making an error, or the raw, sexual pleasure he seems to derive from watching Derek Jeter handling a pop up.

    desturbd1 April 29, 2007, 6:52 pm
  • Yes, oh please somebody fire Michael Kay. Hate that guy.

    Jay Campbell April 29, 2007, 6:58 pm
  • Michael Kay- His voice is annoying..

    th_Yf April 29, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Unanimous. Michael Kay.
    (p.s., IMO, NYY starting rotation overrated from Day 1. And pen not a whole lot better.)

    I'm Bill McNeal April 29, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Yeah, I’ll keep it going…Michael Kay.

    Devine April 29, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • I’ll go with n) for the block.

    Nick-YF April 29, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Ronan- i hate how he adds the extra line to God Bless America- bloody Irishmen!

    Ric April 29, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • E!

    Kazz April 29, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • All of the above!
    How is that not a choice?!

    SF April 29, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • >>>not to mention the fact that there were three guys hitting south of .230 playing in a “must” game this afternoon.<<<
    Gerbs, you realize of course that this also pretty much described the Sox lineup as well, going into today’s game?
    Re: Michael Kay: As abominable as he is, if I had to choose between a version of Hell that involved listening to Kay for eternity vs. listening to Suzyn Waldman (or however you spell her first name; apparently the usual spelling wasn’t good enough for her parents), I might have to go with Kay… Waldman is truly unbearable, whereas Kay is more of a buffoon.

    Hudson April 29, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • okay, okay, I’m going to be blasted for this, but as annoying as Waldman is as an announcer, I have to say I admire her. She’s made it in a male-dominated field; she’s managed to maintain dignity throughout her career; she truly likes the sport and players (unlike many of the misanthropes who populate the industry) and for those reasons I cannot support a vote for Waldman’s firing. Especially when one of the choices is dear Rudy boy!

    Nick-YF April 29, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • By most stories, Cashman saved Torre’s bacon in the offseason, with a plea from the GM the key to Joe remaining as manager. If Torre gets fired, this isn’t just a f*ck you to Torre, but also a big f*ck you to Cashman, and a repudiation of his decision-making. In fact, it’ Cashman who is the man who should be answering the questions right now, not Torre (though I don’t think Cashman is all that culpable either — sometimes these situations just happen, injuries and slumps conspiring to cause major headaches – should the Sox have canned Epstein or Francona last year? Of COURSE not – same goes with the Yankees). How is Torre more responsible for what’s going on than anyone else, is what I would ask?! How could Joe have prevented the injuries that have occurred, exactly?
    And how would another bad (or even middling) week or two or even three affect Roger’s decision, if he is being honest about wanting to go to a serious contender and about wanting to make a decision by June? Does it come down to “I can be the savior” egomania, the dollars, or just some combination of the two? I keep hearing “the Hendricks boys can back the truck up” following all these Yankee injuries, but there has to be a slim possibility that if the Yankees continue to struggle, Roger’s dignity (does he have any, actually?) removes the Yankees from the list of contenders for his services. Not that his agents would ever admit that, of course.

    SF April 29, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Oooh, I know, I know! Steinbrenner reels in Clemens… by making him a player/manager!

    Hudson April 29, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Torre, out!

    Seacrest April 29, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Nick, nine-tenths of Susyn’s problem is that she’s paired with John Sterling, who makes the broadcast all about himself. I can’t recall that I’ve ever heard Sterling offer a shread of insight. Whereas Susyn’s biggest problem is dealing with Sterling’s idiotic comments and occasional jabs at her observations.
    AG, why isn’t Sterling on the list?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 29, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • We should make this into a poll question, to replace the Hughes one at left. Make sure to add Sterling and All of the Above, and we got ourselves a winner!
    For the record, the Sox are entering May with their largest lead in the AL East after the first month of the season … ever.
    As good as entering October with their largest lead in the AL East ever? No. Still freaking awesome? Yes.

    Paul SF April 29, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • good to see im not the only one who cant stand Michael Kay

    TJ April 30, 2007, 12:12 am
  • k) michael kay
    but al leiter is trying his darndest to take over the village idot roll from kay. singleton is a real piece of work himself…..can we also add the YES Network to the list of options? outside of katt, the rest of the booth makes david justice look insightful.

    sf rod April 30, 2007, 5:05 am
  • Mike Myers, Melky Cabrera, Wil Nieves and Doug M.
    I know they are not on but send them down!!!

    Erick April 30, 2007, 7:28 am
  • I like Leiter. He seems OK in the booth.

    Steve April 30, 2007, 8:38 am
  • M. Kay, please.

    Kluv April 30, 2007, 9:00 am
  • Ha. I’m not touching this one.

    Brad April 30, 2007, 10:06 am
  • Bill: You’re right, Sterling should have been on the block.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2007, 11:23 am
  • If I was George Steinbrenner, this would be my announcement today instead of the one he actually gave:
    I would have preferred to hear George say:
    “The Yankees have fired Joe Torre as field manager. He is being moved into an advisory position with the club. I’m pleased to announce that the newest manager of the Yankees is the reanimated corpse of Billy Martin, who is being brought onto the stage now. We think that hiring Billy for the 6th time as manager of the Yankees will help the team turn the miserable slide around. Also, I am hopeful that Billy won’t be tempted to drink as much this time around, now that he’s been in the ground for nearly 18 years, and has been on the wagon for as long. Billy has my full support, as he’s always had.”

    JS April 30, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • Why dyou say that, Rod? Leiter offers damn good insight on what’s going through a pitcher’s mind, I especially enjoyed him during Hughes’ debut. He’s like a mini-Kaat.
    Kay is stupid and annoying, no argument there.
    If Sterling could do away with his “Thaaaa Yankees Win!” (hah, although honestly, he hasn’t had to say that very often this year) after every mundane game he’d be golden, he has the perfect radio announcer’s voice. Waldman’s voice is annoying but she’s no dummy.
    Paulie in the YES booth is less than desirable.
    David Justice, too. Kinda what I expect Giambi to be like if YES ever hires him after he retires.
    Kenny Singleton is probably my favorite out of the bunch, and him paired with Leiter should be the default. Former star hitter paired with former star pitcher, both of whom are actually knowledgeable and fair = greatness.

    Andrew April 30, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • m I the only one out there that feels that Michael Kay is the worst Yankee announcer in history?? I’ve been a Yankee fan for over 50 years, both at the ball park and on TV/Radio. I go back to the Mel Allen/Red Barber days. I loved Phil Rizzuto/Bill White stuff. But Michael Kay is the worst!! He treats all viewrers as if they know as little about the game as he does. He constantly belittles that Yankee team and harps on anything negative about any of the players. A-Rod is having one of the greatest months in the history of the game, but MK announces to the baseball world that he is in a slump, pointing out 1 for 14, reiterating the same throughout his at bat and, of course, closing with “he’s now 1 for 15″. Kay never played the game, but continually criticizes those who do. When did it become necessary to analyze every pitch, every swing, every movement, every look and everything that goes on during a game. I’m sure I’m not rhe only one that finds him egocentric, self effacing, boring and especially, anti-Yankee in his presentation. He roots for the opposition and gets extremely excited when they do well. His trademark ‘See-ya’ should be reserved for Yankee homers only, not for the opposition. Yes, I like an announcer who roots for the home team. (Look up Phil Rizzuto in your Funk and Wagnalls). In sort, Michael Kay is a jerk who makes me want more and more to watch the Yankee games with the mute button pushed. Get rid of him before he loses you a lot of Yes support. We’ll never stop being Yankee fans, but the ‘Yes Gear’ will not be on my shelf as long as he’s around. – – See ya

    fred_Yf April 30, 2007, 3:08 pm
  • Andrew, his “Theeeeee Yankees Win” might be the least offensive thing he does.
    However, you’re right about his voice. Tremendous. One of the best I’ve heard. Kay’s voice is very good, too.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 30, 2007, 3:30 pm
  • “Kay’s voice is very good, too.”
    I disagree. I hate his voice as much as I hate the words themselves. Couldn’t tell you why, it just grates on me even when he’s not saying anything particularly stupid or irritating. And “See ya” is something that would piss me off if I had to hear my own guys screaming it. Like “You can put it on the board, YES!” in Chicago. Maybe I just hate catch-phrases…good thing Remy and Orsillo don’t have any.

    desturbd1 April 30, 2007, 3:46 pm
  • Kays sucks, plain and simple. when he’s on, sometimes I have to try hard to resist the urge to throw something at the tv.
    I agree about Leiter, Andrew. I also think Girardi brings valuable insight.
    “i hate how he adds the extra line to God Bless America”
    That’s not an extra line – it’s the verse, a common element of tin pan alley songs like “God Bless America”. Since these songs are from Broadway musicals, the verse sort of sets the mood before the song proper starts.

    Andrews April 30, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • Worse than “You can put it on the board, YES!” is when Harrelson says, “He gone,” after a WS pitcher gets a strikeout. Over the years it has morphed into “EE go!”
    And since d1 brought up Chicago, I can say that it’s pretty bad here, too. Sox TV (Harrelson and Darrin Jackson) and radio (Ed Farmer and Chris Singleton). Harrelson is a “Notice Me” revisionist history guy. Jackson has little insight. Farmer went to play-by-play from analysis when John Rooney left for St. Louis. Farmer is awful at both and Singleton is Jackson lite.
    For the Cubs, we get Pat Hughes for play-by-play and Ron Santo for analysis. Hughes, is very, very good. Santo is a buffoon cheerleader. You can’t tell if that moan is because the Cubs muffed one or because he just spilled mustard on his shirt. But Cubs fans love him. He’s an example of inexplicable job security. Really, by far the worst analyst I’ve ever heard. No insight, no perspective, nothing. Just cheerleading. On TV, Bob Brenley and Dave Kasper. The definition of boring.
    (I won’t even mention the Bears radio team, except to say, “bleeeech!”

    I'm Bill McNeal April 30, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • I don’t understand how NYY has such awful broadcasters, especially when RS has such great ones.
    The worst thing you can say about Remy, Orsillo, O’Brien, Castiglione and Gefner is that Gefner is a bit boring (But he makes up for it with his knowledge and insight), and Remy can be a bit goofy (but WOW does he know baseball.)
    How does an organization with the stature of NYY allow its broadcast voices to be so horrible? Do Kay and Sterling have naked pictures of GS?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 30, 2007, 6:41 pm
  • “especially when RS has such great ones.”
    Bill, I agree with you about Kay for sure, and Sterling (to some degree), but let’s not go overboard. I have xm, and listen to alot of sox games over the course of the season. I hate Castiglione – his voice sounds like a horsefly buzzing, and I find him to be a terrible homer – endless “but if____, then _____’s and dig after dig at the yanks, no matter who the sox are playing.
    I have much less experience with the NESN guys, but what I have heard is about as interesting as wet cardboard.

    Andrews April 30, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Yeah, Joe’s voice isn’t great. I wasn’t a big fan at first, either, but he grew on me. He’s certainly much better without Trupiano. Dave O’Brien is really good.
    You have to expect some homerism, and I don’t think Joe’s as bad as Sterling (I don’t mind Susyn.) But I cannot honestly tell you I’m being 100 percent objective there. I will concede that there’s a taste and a ‘my team’ factor. That may be your issue (and mine) with NESN. When I get the free RS games on IN DEMAND, I can just listen and not watch and always know what’s going on with insight and perspective.
    What bugs me most about YES is the entitlement point of view they have.
    I have heard some bad homers in my days: Bears radio, U of Iowa sports (Jim Zabel, Gary Dolphin). Joe certainly doesn’t rate with them.
    More bad: Dave Wills from Tampa.
    More good: Denny Matthews from the Royals. I grew up listening to him. And I can’t forget the Brewers’ Bob Ueker.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 30, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Obviously, A-Rod deserves to be fired. Also, Mattingly, but only because he wouldn’t shave those sideburns.

    yankeesnj April 30, 2007, 11:58 pm
  • I HAVE BEEN A YANKEE FAN SINCE I WAS 7 YEARS OLD.I’M 65 NOW AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU IF MICHAEL KAY WAS BORN IN THE BRONX,WHAT A DISGRACE FOR US BRONX BOYS.HE CONSTANTLY ASKS QUESTIONS THAT A 10 YEAR OLD WOULD KNOW BETTER TO ASK.THE GUYS THAT WORK WITH HIM SORT OF APPEASE HIM WITH THE ANSWERS THEY GIVE.THEN HE USES 64 DOLLAR WORDS SIMILAR TO HOWARD COSELL.IT’S FUNNY,I LIKED HOWARD BECAUSE I THINK HE KNEW THAT HE CAME OFF ARROGANT TO THE MASS PUBLIC.MEL ALLEN MUST BE TURNING IN HIS GRAVE.HIS VOICE GRATES AT ME TO THE POINT I PUT THE SOUND DOWN WHEN HE SPEAKS.LISTEN,YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE DEGREES IN THE WORLD,BUT A TRUE FAN OF BASEBALL CAN’T BE FOOLED BY AN AMATUER !!!! LOU BERTOLAS FORMER MEMBER NYSE AND BORN IN THE BRONX,NOW RESIDING IN MIDDLE VILLAGE QNS. N.Y.LETS MAKE A DEAL WITH THE ALMIGHTY AND BRING THE SCOOTER BACK,AY LEAST HE DIED WITH US IF THE YANKS WERE LOSING AND HE WAS VERY ENTERTAINING!!!!

    LOUIS BERTOLAS August 23, 2008, 2:16 pm

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