Friday, May 02, 2008

Welcome back, Bobby


Game 31: May 2, 2008 - 7:05 p.m. ET
Yankee Stadium, New York, N.Y.
Play-by-Play: Michael Kay
Color: Paul O'Neill and Bobby Murcer

Just so everyone knows, we love Bobby Murcer. Not only we are sorry that he had brain cancer, we're sorry that he has had to work with Kay for all these years. This is a great broadcast team. Well, two thirds of it is.

Bottom second:
Again: "The Yankees won't lose that much defensively with Molina behind the plate."
  • Two more days on the disabled list didn't make Jorge Posada a good defensive catcher.
Abreu ground out to first. Kay says "He tries to pull an outside pitch."
  • This is on other broadcasters as well, but how does Kay know Abreu wanted to pull it? Maybe Abreu was just off-balance and ended up hitting it to the right side. Besides, Abreu ended up pulling it, so why not say, "Pulls an outside pitch?" Stupid.
Top third: "Past a diving Jeter."
  • Isn't it obvious to Kay that Jeter has no range? Maybe we could get a comment on it. Or is he as blind as he is fat?

Commentators graphic goes by without Kay identifying himself.
  • First time for everything.
Bottom fourth: Cabrera grounds out to third. "Beltre fields ... across the diamond ... two away."
  • You know he wanted to say FIRES, he just wanted to.
Top fifth: Kay goes through the players traded to the Orioles for Erik Bedard. After naming them, he says "Sherill and Adams are with the team now. Adams is the center fielder."
  • That's Adam Jones. You did see him two weeks ago.
Bottom sixth: Paul O'Neill reads the J&R Computer World spot, a brilliant move. Kay suggests that O'Neill gets a free TV for reading the spot, so Murcer tries to grab it out of O'Neill's hand and he reads it. Kay proceeds to kill the joke by reading the spot a third time.

Bottom eighth: "Michael, I interrupted you, what were you talking about?"
  • Never apologize, Paul.
Kay doesn't know the capacity of the New Yankee Stadium, and Lonn Trost, the Yankees' chief operating officer has to come into the booth to tell him.
  • That's embarrassing
Kay gets lazy in the ninth. He says Mike Winters "rings up" Jeff Clement. But it was only the first strike.

Final score: Yankees 5, Mariners 1
I owe Juan Rivera an apology: Jorge Posada was good at defense, Adam Jones' last name is Adams.


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