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…