Yankees Upset With ESPN's Scheduling

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


This is probably a non-item, but it made me chuckle a bit so I thought I'd pass it along. ESPN aired the Yankees-Rays game last night at 7:05 pm and the first thing the media saw was a note from a Yankee player on a dry erase board....

A witticism, an axiom, an irreverent little quip, Mike Mussina's dry-erase board has hosted them all — and, in the process, become the day's first must-see. Only Monday, Mussina was begging off credit for the day's line: "Thanks ESPN," his board read, "for the 4 a.m. arrival with a day game the next day."

Turns out, reliever Brian Bruney was the scribe ("Moose limits my pen time," he said) and as disagreeable as Monday's 7:05 p.m. start in New York, before today's 4 o'clock in Kansas City, was, manager Joe Girardi was all for Mussina's disavowal.

"It's just part of the baseball life and every team's going to go through it," Girardi said. "It's no excuse. You've got the game [tonight}, you've got to play the game [today]. Players find their ways to get rest and we find a way to keep them fresh."
Seems like the network's favorite subject is a little ticked off with the it's PR machine doesn't it? Although complaining about a 4pm game the next day is a little weak if you ask me.

Notes: TV no excuse (NorthJersey.com)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:09 PM

16 Comments:

Your bias is insufferable. Seriously.

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 4:19:00 PM  

Its the second week of the season and already I hate the Yankees even more than usual.Ohh we have to play a day game after a night game,if you were a team with guys who need walkers this would be an issue,Crybabies.

Drew said...
Apr 8, 2008, 5:10:00 PM  

the ups guy with the dumb little comments and the mullet is probably the biggest douche in the universe. please never show him again.

ryan said...
Apr 8, 2008, 5:25:00 PM  

i challenge the UPS guy to a cage fight. 2 men will enter. one man will die. it will not be me.

The Zoner said...
Apr 8, 2008, 5:32:00 PM  

Would you not be a bit frustrated if this ESPN scheduling issue effected your team's performance?

GMoney said...
Apr 8, 2008, 5:33:00 PM  

If it was 1 PM game they may have a beef but 4PM is no big deal. It's not like they are crammed into coach and can't sleep.

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 5:54:00 PM  

ESPN will bow down and kiss Darth Steinbrenner's boot in order to be forgiven. Cause they don't want the Yankees to freeze them out.

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 5:56:00 PM  

The White Sox complained to ESPN about scheduling a Sunday Night roadgame before a Monday 1 PM home game. I only heard this today too.

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 7:05:00 PM  

is anyone else blown away at the stupidity here?

you know its tv contracts that allow the yankees to outspend the next highest paid team (the red sox) by $60 mil? and carry a salary eight times higher than a team in their own division (the love rays).

the yankees also lost, which is cool.

Paterno Lives! said...
Apr 8, 2008, 7:55:00 PM  

Don't you people realize that a day game after a night game cuts down on Jeter's whore-chasing time?

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 8:44:00 PM  

I agree with the White Sox comment; in addition, didn't the Sox win both of those games??

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 9:27:00 PM  

Even if today's game in KC had been scheduled for 7pm, the getaway day would ordinarily be an afternoon game...However, the New York American League team is not an ordinary team...Just ask them...

As long as they're the biggest ratings draw, they WILL be telecast incessantly...They are the WWL's darlings for a reason -- numbers are everything...

I felt the same way as Mr Bruney last night...I live in Northeast Pennsylvania, within the clutches of the YES network...When ESPN shows the NY AL team, it's blacked out...I enjoy those rare times when Bristol does something wacky and shows Brewers/Reds...

White Hammer said...
Apr 8, 2008, 10:17:00 PM  

Isn't mussina the same whinebag who complained about having to go to Japan in 2004 (I think it was) and blamed that trip for his terrible year?

I'd like to tell the lot of them to act like grown ups and do their damn jobs. They want the perks of non-stop TV time but don't want to ever be inconvenienced?

Shut up and play the game.

Brian said...
Apr 9, 2008, 12:29:00 AM  

I think the Yanks are pissed about having to play games in KC. Also what the hell was wrong with YES network showing I-70 every 5 minutes.

Anonymous said...
Apr 9, 2008, 9:47:00 AM  

Only the Yankees would bitch about being on television. ESPN is their de-facto second network. This is what, the third Yankee game scheduled on ESPN during an eight-game stretch? (one was rained out) Maybe they should consider giving somebody else the attention.

J.J. said...
Apr 9, 2008, 10:59:00 AM  

If this claim is valid, then all Cubs players should file a grievance immediately with MLB.

Dmac said...
Apr 9, 2008, 11:57:00 AM  

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