Cone Heads Back to YES

The NYT reports today that David Cone will rejoin the YES network as a game and studio analyst in 2008, filling the void left by Joe Girardi’s shift to the dugout. Nothing but love in these parts for David Cone; the job seems a natural for him. As a player and de facto team spokesman, Cone’s candor and essential even-handedness was something all sensible fans appreciated. He had an intuitive grasp of the “game” between media and athlete—he understood what each of those parties needed to practice their professions—and was gifted in satisfying all parties without resorting to the constant stream of cliches we expect from both sides of that equation. Cone was also the Yankees player rep, and so should give fans a more nuanced picture of the relations between union and ownership, and what they’ve begot. Don’t expect a firebrand. Just a bit of honesty. Welcome back.

11 comments… add one
  • Can Cone have this kind of candor on YES or would it engender an FCC fine?

    SF January 29, 2008, 10:20 am
  • The Cone Yankee fans got to know, and as portrayed in Roger Angell’s gem of a biography, put that incident behind him, and learned from it. The fact that he does not have some perfect past gives him a pretty unique perspective; I think fans appreciate that.
    But I don’t seem to recall you dredging up old stories when Coney signed with the Sox!

    YF January 29, 2008, 10:32 am
  • But I don’t seem to recall you dredging up old stories when Coney signed with the Sox!
    Yeah, I couldn’t find anything in our 2001 blog archives about that either…

    SF January 29, 2008, 10:42 am
  • I’m disappointed that Cone won’t be with SNY and the Mets (not that it matters much for me, as I don’t have cable). I know he was with the Yankees about the same total years as the Mets, but he seems a more integral part of Mets history. I actually just had to remind myself by looking up the amount of time he was in the Bronx. He won most of his championships there of course, but aside from the perfect game, he always seemed overshadowed by the rest of the players on those teams, to me at least.

    FenSheaParkway January 29, 2008, 12:12 pm
  • Cone was a personal favorite of this Yankee fan. I’m glad to have him back.

    Anonymous January 29, 2008, 12:43 pm
  • My first thought was ‘They’re bringing the Coneheads to YES?’ on reading the header.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF January 29, 2008, 2:27 pm
  • a silly story that reminds me how hard it was to be a sox fan pre ’04…….
    david once tried to pick up on my girlfriend during batting practice before a sox / angels game. he noticed her tattoos and came over and started talking to “us”. during the conversation he calls calvin pickering over to join us. the four of us preceded to make fun of rookie casey fossum and goofy bill pulsipher for a good 20 minutes. turns out, brett saberhagen hurts his shoulder during warm ups and casey gets asked to make his second career major league start. hipolito pichardo becomes enraged that kerrigan chose fossum over him and has to be restrained by rich garces and pinkering. good times at the ball park.

    sf rod January 29, 2008, 2:52 pm
  • “…But I don’t seem to recall you dredging up old stories when Coney signed with the Sox!…”
    of course not!
    good pickup yf…as you know, it’s every sox fans’ mission in life to denigrate all things yankee [you don’t need to go any further than this site for proof], although i do think a lot of it is in fun and meant to [gently] provoke us a bit, so this latest, a slap at cone, doesn’t surprise me in the least…i don’t think the article said how the allegations turned out, unless i missed that part…but it seems these days, all you need is an allegation to convict someone…

    dc February 1, 2008, 9:57 am
  • Chill out DC, the above was just YF and FS (two personal friends!) joking around with each other. You don’t need to turn it into a broad generalization against an entire group of people. After all, isn’t that what we all dislike about Hudson? His broad generalizations about the Yankee players, fans and organization?

    Atheose February 1, 2008, 10:04 am
  • …i was goofing on sf, who seems to me anyway to be among the more objective and even-handed posters…i’m just bored atheose…bring on the season…play ball, already

    dc February 1, 2008, 10:14 am
  • dc:
    Our blog didn’t even exist in 2001 when Cone was with the Sox. And, YF has apparently forgotten the drunken rant of outrage that I went on when I found out Cone signed with the Sox. Not sure how he could forget that event, since it ended in both of us being arrested.

    SF February 1, 2008, 12:06 pm

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