• Torre To Kay On Interview Opp: No Thanks

    Posted by on February 6th, 2009 · Comments (7)

    Via Neil Best’s Watchdog:

    …I spoke to his nephew, Michael Kay, the other day about Joe Torre doing interviews with Mike Francesa and Chris Russo during his book tour this week, but not with Kay on 1050 ESPN.

    Kay said he requested a sitdown with Torre, but “he wouldn’t come on with me.” The two had a mostly frosty relationship during Torre’s days with the Yankees, during which Kay was a radio announcer, then YES’ play-by-play man.

    Why did he think Torre turned him down? “Because he has such warm feelings for me, I’m sure, and I for him,” Kay said.

    Whatever their relationship, Kay said he and Torre acted professionally in doing their respective jobs. “Whatever I needed from him, I got from him,” he said. “It wasn’t contentious at all, not at all.”

    Kay said he assumes Torre has not appreciated some of the criticism of him Kay has voiced on his radio show, a forum he did not have during Torre’s early years.

    “I didn’t have a venue to rip him,” Kay said.

    Kay offered few specifics of their relationship but promised to share someday.

    “There are.things he did that I’ll save for my book that were very, very wrong on a personal level,” he said.

    Max Mercy is promising to write a book? Oh, goodie…

    Seriously, this is an interesting story. Is it telling us something about Torre, Kay, or both? Probably both…

    Comments on Torre To Kay On Interview Opp: No Thanks

    1. February 6th, 2009 | 10:24 am

      I’m pretty sure Michael Kay wakes up every morning and spends the first hour of every day sipping coffee and thinking up new and exciting ways to be an even more obnoxious asshat.

    2. MJ
      February 6th, 2009 | 10:24 am

      Seriously, this is an interesting story. Is it telling us something about Torre, Kay, or both? Probably both…
      Interesting indeed. I also hope Kay finally reveals why he hates Mussina as much as he does. Frankly, if a member of the media hates this many people, it makes you wonder about him as a person and also how he can do his job objectively.

    3. February 6th, 2009 | 11:00 am

      I think the Mussina thing is easy.

      Kay, most likely, expected Moose to kiss his ass, and feed him info, access, etc. – because Kay is the ‘voice of the Yankeees’ – and Mussina, probably, saw Kay as just another media member who didn’t know his ass from his elbow it terms of baseball stuff.

      And, when Mussina gave Kay the stiff arm, Moose became Fredo to Kay.

      It’s probably the same deal with Torre.

      Joe got big enough that he felt that Kay should kiss his ass, and not vice versa, and then Torre became Fredo to Kay, etc.

      Again, just my theory.

      If someone has a better one, I’d love to hear it.

    4. bfriley76
      February 6th, 2009 | 12:09 pm

      I thought the Kay/Torre feud all started with Torre dressing down Kay in front of the team and other reporters for a question he thought was mean-spirited, or something and that calling Kay out would rally the team. I seem to remember it having to do with Paul O’Neill. Does that sound familiar?

    5. February 6th, 2009 | 12:14 pm
    6. lenjack
      February 6th, 2009 | 9:57 pm

      Kay has become quite pompous, although, I thought he did a good job when he did the radio broadcasts with John Sterling.

    7. butchie22
      February 7th, 2009 | 2:51 pm

      Kay is a suit to a lot of these Yankee players, he represents the company. To add insult to injury, he plays a different character on his radio show altogether. Will the Real M Kay please stand up? I’m no fan of Torre, but Kay needs to chill about St Joe. His constant reminder of the story behind their mutual animus is a bore, plain and simple.

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