This week represents a massive changing of the guard on YES Network. After several years, the Yankees network has traded Mike Francesa's longtime WFAN radio simulcast for that of local rival Michael Kay on ESPN Radio New York. Francesa's show laps Kay's in nearly every category - branding, ratings, buzz, potential blog posts thanks to media feuds, prank callers, and falling asleep, etc. However, the move makes sense for YES in some regard. Kay is already the face of the network as the Yankees television play by play man and his radio show likely carries a less expensive price tag. And Kay probably won't have Alex Rodriguez in studio for an hour long fireside chat.
With his first television simulcast, Kay took the opportunity to take a shot at the sports pope by throwing his famous bottle of Diet Coke, the closest thing Francesa has had to a co-host since Chris Russo left, in the trash.
That act of bravado shocked Mongo Nation (who have their own delightful feud with Kay taking place on Twitter) and even got back to Francesa himself, who had a typically Mike Francesa response about the whole thing...
Asked Francesa re Kay dumping Coke in garbage. "Classless, loser move from two guys I have been burying in the ratings for over a decade."— Neil Best (@sportswatch) February 3, 2014
H/T Bob's Blitz
We have known for a long time that Michael Kay has no talent. Now we also know that he has no class!
Thought that was somewhat bush league by Kay. I mean Francesa destroys Kay in ratings etc. Why do that on your first show? Dont think his show will last very long and I dont mind Kay but up against Francesa, forget about it.
Vinnie I am a Met fan and I agree about the TV commentators sans Kay. When is not in the TV booth I can actually listen to a Yankee game. Bottom line is Mike is critical of the Yankees amd Kay can he told what to say. End of story.
Exactly Eddie. Kay is a piece of shit. His show won't last 12 months let alone 12 years. He get buried in the rating everyday. It's like Crabtree coming out today saying Sherman sucks lol. For the Yankees to be the number 1 sports franchise in the world we have the WORST commentators between Sterling, Waldman and Kay. I love the color guys for the Yankees, Oneill Singleton etc....think about them talking about their skit before the show. "Hey I got it Don, while 1/4 of Mikes crowd tunes in because we suck, I'll talk but silently we'll hold up a garbage can and I'll throw away a bottle of diet coke that you so desperately need cuz you're a fat fuck LaGreca" and don was like "ok Kay, as soon as I wipe your sperm off my mouth I'll get the garbage can" Bravo guys...this is number 1 market stuff here