YES Becomes KAY As Michael Kay’s Simulcast Will Replace Mike Francesa’s
Unless you’re interested in the endless stream of Yankee-centric infomercials that permeate the YES Network, replacing Francesa with Kay will eliminate the majority of viewers – like myself – who didn’t turn YES on for any reason other than for Francesa or to watch the Yankees games. This is not to suggest that Francesa is objective when it comes to the Yankees. He’s not. But Kay is in another stratosphere of sycophancy to the organization.
Just think about this for a second. If Kay’s radio show stays at its current timeslot of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST, YES will need to find other programming to replace the two hours of Francesa they’ll lose from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. What would they show? Let’s say they start recycling old Yankee games with Kay as the play-by-play man, episodes of the Kay hosted interview shows “CenterStage,” and the “Joe Girardi Show.” Then you’ll get the radio simulcast and, during the baseball season, Kay will be broadcasting the vast majority of the games. You’ll get a marathon of Michael Kay from early afternoon until late at night. It’ll be like the SyFy channel’s July 4 Twilight Zone Marathon, except it will be real and more frightening.
Other than the suits at the YES Network seeking a friendly voice, does anyone want to see Michael Kay all…day…long?
According to the Daily News article, this has nothing to do with Francesa giving Alex Rodriguez a forum for his complaints about his suspension and allegations against the Yankees. Nor is it due to other negative comments Francesa has made about the Yankees. It says it’s a “matter of economics.” Only the Yankees know if that’s true. I find it dubious that they would replace Francesa with Kay based on money when the viewership will undoubtedly decline and any last minuscule smidgen of credibility YES had in their programming will be gone. How can they claim that YES isn’t the Yankees' propaganda arm when there are no shows that provide objectivity about the club?
This decision ties in quite neatly with the way the entire Yankees organization from the Steinbrenners all the way down to the fan base views itself. Since the Babe Ruth days, there's been an air of superiority. It wasn’t due to them winning so many championships alone. There’s a patrician, cultivated, “we’re better than you” attitude that has only gotten worse as they’ve regained some semblance of their footing from the mid-1990s to the present. It was easier to roll one’s eyes and scoff when the team hadn’t won anything for nearly two decades and were an industry-wide joke, but when they started winning again the arrogance was dusted off and came to the forefront. Whether or not it’s realistic is irrelevant. The preordained “Yankees always come out on top” narrative exists even if they’ve come out on top once in the past thirteen years while spending over $2 billion on players.