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Yankees kick Keith Olbermann to the curb on Old-Timers’ Day

Jun 26, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

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Or as he put it himself, Keith Olbermann is a former old-timer.

For 11 years, Olbermann was the in-stadium color commentator for the Yankees’ Old-Timers’ Day festivities, sitting alongside Bob Wolff.  However, the Yankees opted to relieve him of his duties in advance of Sunday’s event, replacing him with Suzyn Waldman.

Olbermann was informed of the switch a week ago from someone outside of the organization, and he blogged about being disappointed no one from the team told him about the switch.  The New York Post speculated that the Yankees made the switch because of the controversy caused by Olbermann on Opening Day, when he tweeted pictures of a Yankee employee sitting behind home plate relaying signals while wearing a headset.

Olbermann wasn’t certain whether that had anything to do with it:

I can’t vouch for the legitimacy of the motive described in The Post because this is the first time I’m hearing about it. But on a macro level, that does worry me in terms of the suppression of information. I might have been sitting in the stands when I tweeted the photos in question, but I saw nothing that any eagle-eyed guy in the press box couldn’t have seen (and trust me, they started looking).

There was little fallout from the Opening Day incident at the time, and GM Brian Cashman himself assured Olbermann that there was no problem with what he did.  However, it looks like Olbermann might have lost what was probably a pretty fun gig because of it.

  1. bigyankeemike - Jun 26, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    About time that nancyboy diva blowhard stopped polluting the Old Timer’s Day with his presence.

    • bobwsc - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      yea, because with Hank in the house, there is room for only one blowhard diva

  2. pisano - Jun 26, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Gee what a shock, he’s been let go of most all of his jobs. He offends people with what he thinks is his wit.

  3. shawnuel - Jun 26, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Douchey action from a douchey organization.

  4. saintez - Jun 26, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Olberface is a moron. So what?

  5. tubal22 - Jun 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    What an entitles piece of crap.

    Go home Olbermann. We’re getting tired of thie “I’m a victim” schtick you’ve got going. You didn’t get the job because people don’t want to listen to you.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 26, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Waldman is a thousand times better anyway

    • spudchukar - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM

      At What?

  7. nofunleague - Jun 26, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    That’s what happens when try to be bigger than the moment.

  8. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 26, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Who F#$%ing cares about Keith Olberman?

  9. mikeinthevine - Jun 26, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Who the f%#k cares about the Yankees old timers game.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 26, 2011 at 8:44 PM

      only a moron could hate old timer’s day

  10. kiernan7 - Jun 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    “Kicked to curb”? Sounds like some NBC sour grapes payback to me. If you took everyone at NBC Sports and put them together, they wouldn’t know as much about baseball as Keith.

  11. Steve Gorelick - Jun 26, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    I think this is a rational, smart business decision, although the crudeness of how Olbermann was informed is pathetically petty.

    Olbermann’s views are basically mine. But any corporate entity that wants a wide customer base, with no distinctions as to politics, should never so closely identify itself with a political lightening rod of any persuasion.

    He has cultivated a brand and franchise that is enormously successful. But his “product” simply doesn’t seem compatible with baseball.

    • jrwskw - Jun 26, 2011 at 9:00 PM

      “He has cultivated a brand and franchise that is enormously successful.”

      Really? In what universe did this happen?

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2011 at 10:19 PM

        In the universe that parallels the one inhabited by drooling, dimwitted right wing knuckledraggers, I think. The problem, according to quantum theory, is that the observer of an experiment affects the outcome by the mere fact of observing it. When the observer is a right-wing knuckledragger, of course, the results are skewed. That may be why you’re having trouble seeing it.

    • mitchcumsteen - Jun 26, 2011 at 10:18 PM

      Olberman is an angry, jealous, pinhead who ‘s obsession with Fox News bordered on bizarre.

      A so-called tolerant liberal? He was anything but— a fricking hating a-hole along with that smarmy dyke Rachel Maddow

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2011 at 10:20 PM

        Another right wing dummy! Somebody better lock the lab doors.

      • bringpudgebacktotx - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:51 AM

        That is the most offensive thing I have ever read here. I am not sure if you are aware of how obscenely offensive using ‘dyke’ can be. I have never read something so ignorant and rude on this blog, and that is saying a lot.

        Before spewing hate and judgement, you might want to think about if someone called your wife, kids, parents, family member any kind of hateful name.. how would you feel.

    • marinersnate - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:42 AM

      “In the universe that parallels the one inhabited by drooling, dimwitted right wing knuckledraggers, I think.”

      Gee, angry much? Is that you Keith??

  12. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Jun 26, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Great old timers game, Tino’s HR off Cone stole the show.

  13. fletcher08 - Jun 26, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Olberwoman is a big asshole

    • berbes - Jun 26, 2011 at 9:27 PM

      don’t worry, he’ll return your call someday.

  14. metalhead65 - Jun 26, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    so this left wing nut job lose another gig and tree huggers are upset while the rest of the sane universe yawns.

    • ditto65 - Jun 26, 2011 at 9:52 PM


    • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2011 at 10:21 PM

      Of course it does. Who but conservatives could bore themselves so completely with the sheer predictability of their cliches?

      • tigerprez - Jun 26, 2011 at 10:31 PM

        I think we’ve found the one remaining person who believes Olbermann is either relevant or reasonable. His name is Old Gator, and he’s also the only person more pretentious and bigoted than ol’ Keef.

      • spudchukar - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        OG, Pretentious and Bigoted. As Inigo Montoya corrected Vizzini, may I echo and paraphrase his memorable line “I do not theenk, those words mean what you theenk they mean.”

  15. mogogo1 - Jun 26, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    It’s pretty funny how many people get bogged down in politics when this had absolutely nothing to do with that. And remember the stories about ESPN staffers breaking into cheers when they heard he was leaving back in the day? Also nothing to do with politics. Regardless what you think of him when he’s on the air, he’s made precious few friends anywhere he’s been.

    • spudchukar - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      I am pretty sure that making friends isn’t high on Keith’s agenda. Like most who swim upstream, he cares little about bruising egos and abrading feelings, that is more for those content to go with the flow. As a note to those who feel the need to assuage their fragile psyches with the notion that he is unpopular, perhaps you should consult the Nielsen Ratings, which indicate he was by far the most watched liberal commentator on Cable TV, and people like Dan Patrick and Bob Costas continue to hold him in their highest esteem and call him friend.

  16. shawon0meter - Jun 26, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    lol someone used the term “pinhead”!

  17. jimtron11 - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Or, perhaps he lost the gig for the same reason he got kicked off MSNBC (which, by the way, is no easy task for a Stalinist like Olbermann)!

  18. yournuts - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Finally something we can all agree on. Olbermann getting canned. This has even made me more of a Yankee fan.

  19. bigyankeemike - Jun 27, 2011 at 6:15 AM

    I take back what I said about Olbermann. I can completely understand why he’s upset.

    After all, the 45K+ that he entertained at the Stadium once a year was probably the most people that ever gathered to hear him speak at a given moment.

  20. deathmonkey41 - Jun 27, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    I didn’t think I could become a bigger Yankees fan than I already was. Now, if the sportsworld could just blacklist him permanantly- along with Chris Berman, Stuart Scott, and Bob Costas, we’d all be a lot better off. Who wants to listen to these self-involved, pretentious d-bags anymore?

  21. bobwheel - Jun 27, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. The Yankees are free to have anyone they want involved in their Old Timer’s ceremonies.

  22. soutsidemike - Jun 27, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    when he tweeted pictures of a Yankee employee sitting behind home plate relaying signals while wearing a headset.

    Gee, nobody here mentions anything about the “Almighty Yankees” being caught cheating?

  23. stairwayto7 - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    He needs to go back to the other self-righteous morons at ESPN!

  24. spudchukar - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    First off, Keith Olbermann knows more about baseball than the entire blogging universe here. Second, he has rarely, if ever been fired, without behaviors that he choose knowing full well the ultimate outcome. Third, he is extremely hard-working, magically productive, and his eloquence is rare in Journalism today. His bombastic style is off-setting to many, but that is due more to the content of his message than delivery. Of course, he is controversial, but that is more to the inbred, conservative minds that see the future of America in the hands of the ignorant Palin/Bush/Bachman types. Hate him if you choose, but I bet every reader here would be enthralled, mesmerized, and astounded by his vast reservoir of baseball lore, anecdotes and facts would they take the time to listen.

    • bobwheel - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      Why are you injecting politics into this? The Yankees can invite or not invite anyone to the festivities.

      • spudchukar - Jun 27, 2011 at 3:00 PM

        Hey, Bob as to needle-sticking, I am pretty sure the political angle was introduced considerably earlier than my comment, and was directed at those who chose to do so. I believe the post alluded to the fact that maybe more than competence went into the decision making.

    • pisano - Jun 27, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      spudchukar…. Take a look at the thumbs up as to the thumbs down on your post and see how popular your thoughts on Olbermann are. You might want to see a quack for some drugs, as Strother Martin said to Paul Newman in the movie Cool Hand Luke :” You got your mind right Luke” Think about it!!!

  25. 1historian - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Bringpudgebacktotx – which is worse – ‘dyke’ or ‘right-wing slut’?

    your choice.

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