• Michael Kay’s Twitter War

    Posted by on June 5th, 2012 · Comments (3)

    Via Bob Raissman

    Michael Kay, the TV voice of the Yankees, the most storied franchise in sports, is not above mucking it up in a Twitter war — with a college kid. Wonder if Mel Allen and Red Barber would engage in such hijinx if Twitter was around in their day?

    And wonder what George Steinbrenner would think of the voice of his franchise telling a Twitter adversary: “LOL. What a punk. Twitter tough. Enjoy your miserable, ugly, insecure existence.”

    Kay, who also hosts ESPN-98.7′s afternoon drive show, clearly still has plenty of time on his hands.

    This epic Twitter “battle” was only a few posts away from “I’m rubber your glue.”

    It started when the kid, @JoeHendler9, said he would be listening to WFAN’s Mike Francesa. Kay replied by pointing out Francesa would not be on because the Mets were playing.

    “….Know stuff if ur a smart guy,” Kay tweeted. “Ohh, sry I forgot even better. I know you have it marked on your calendar everytime francesa isn’t up against you,” Hendler replied.

    Things went on and on and down hill from there. Very entertaining. Enough so for Kay to do a Twitter war of the week.

    At some point, I wonder, if Kay’s ESPN job will ever cost him his gig with the Yankees?

    Comments on Michael Kay’s Twitter War

    1. MJ Recanati
      June 6th, 2012 | 9:19 am

      I like Twitter but I don’t get why people get involved in this kind of stuff, especially if they’re public figures. Kay comes off looking like a jackass.

      In any event, I think Kay’s job is safe. If they haven’t shitcanned Sterling and Waldman — who both stink at their job — why would they ax Kay who, despite being annoying in the broadcast booth, actually does a decent job.

    2. June 6th, 2012 | 12:49 pm

      I just wonder how the two personalities will work for him. On YES, he needs to be professional and a face for the network. On ESPN Radio, he needs to be loud and confrontational in order to be entertaining and a draw away from the show on WFAN. I still think, at some point, he’s going to say something in a rant on the radio that may come back to haunt him.

    3. MJ Recanati
      June 6th, 2012 | 1:01 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      I still think, at some point, he’s going to say something in a rant on the radio that may come back to haunt him.

      It’s certainly possible. Then again, if he could keep his job while being so openly hostile to members of the Yankees (Mike Mussina comes to mind), I think he’s got a fair amount of rope to play with over at YES.

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