By now, I’m sure that most of you know the Michael Kay story: Local guy, went to Fordham, got a job with SportsPhone. Later, he went to work for the Post and then the Daily News. From there, he was able to get a gig doing Yankees games on the radio – as well as doing some post-game stuff on TV for the team. This led to him becoming a TV play-by-play man for the Yankees – as well as him getting his own show, CenterStage, on YES. In addition, Kay eventually got his own radio show on ESPN Radio in NYC (which is also picked up, nationally, on X-M Radio).
I think that’s the Kay story. Maybe I missed or got something mixed up? In any event, that’s basically it.
It’s quite a success story. It’s one that many of us have probably dreamed about happening to ourselves. Personally, next to getting to play for the Yankees, such a career path would most likely be number two on my vocation path wish list.
However, this all said, many Yankees fans do not enjoy Kay’s work.
So, this leads to today’s wild thought: If you could go back in time, and insert someone else – say, a different member of the media or some celebrity/personality, etc. – into the Michael Kay career path, where they would then become the voice/face of the Yankees television network as well as having a major radio show, who would you pick and why?
Basically, what I’m asking here is: If you could replace Michael Kay with anyone and let them have his current gigs, who would you choose and why? Would it be someone like Joel Sherman? Tom Verducci? Jon Heyman? Sweeny Murti? Keith Olbermann? Matt Lauer? Ed Randall? I’m just throwing these names out there as some examples – and not implying that I would take one of them.
I’m not sure on who I would pick, to be candid. That’s why I’m interested in your opinion…