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Great Moments in Talk Radio: Mike Francesa has a conniption fit over the Mets

Aug 24, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

Mike Francesa

Life is too damn short to get worked up over your baseball team. Sure, they can disappoint you. They can make you angry. They can cast a pall on the season in such a way that you just give up on it in August and start to think about apple picking and leaf raking and anything in the world that isn’t baseball. But you really shouldn’t get so agitated about it that it profoundly affects your emotions and, dare I say it, even begins to impact your physical and mental health.

No, let Mike Francesa do that for you.  Let him uncork ten minutes of bile about your team — say, if it’s the Mets — that is cleansing and liberating and at turns hilarious. And when you get done listening to it, prepare yourself for autumn in New York without a care in the world. Because it really is nice in New York in autumn.

My favorite part:  “You’re playing a team that stinks! You’re playing a bunch of minor leaguers! … They don’t have anybody in the lineup!”  Because I forgot about the murderer’s row that the heretofore elite New York Mets have been trotting out all year.

I hope his doctor stays nearby when he gets like this.

  1. hojo20 - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Well Mike was saying on Monday that the Mets should beat up on the Rockies & Astros this week, so he was expressing his frustration over the sweep.

    • dan1111 - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      That explains the general tone, but is it enough to explain why he went into his falsetto range on “their starter pitched threeeEEEE innings”?

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    What is a Mike Francesa? Mike is a good name for radio, but Francesa seems like a girls name. Did he purchase some of the left over testosterone from Melky and Bartolo before his rant?

    • Old Gator - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Francesa is just one of those Nyorc traditions, like spilling Knickerbocker Beer on your shoes while trying to drink it with one hand and shoving a Polish sausage with everything into your mouth with the other.

    • bigleagues - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM


      I guess there aren’t many Italians in Mapleville, huh?

      Piece of advice my cousin Vinnie asked me to give you – keep that observation to yourself on your next visit to NYC region.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        Thanks for the advice. There are a lot of Italians in the Toronto area. On the other hand I have no interest in the views of a regional radio loud mouth.

  3. aceshigh11 - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Wow! Francesca is a piece of work…haha.

    Only thing that would’ve made it better is if Mad Dog was sitting next to him screeching, “PREACH IT!”

    • Old Gator - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      I’m his cardiologist, I double his Lisinopril dosage.

    • bigleagues - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      Ya know how, late in a career, formerly great players sometimes have one unbelievable performance that makes us remember how great they once were?

      That’s what we are seeing this video of the Sports Pope. He used to bring this kind of energy every single day.

      For the most part, the Sports Doc-TAHHHHHH has been mailing it in since Russo left. In fact, most days he’s been virtually unlistenable by anyone with a clue.

      Also, if Russo were to say something like “preach it’ to Pope – it would have come with his trade mark raspy hiccup laugh and been phrased “preach it, Mikey!”

  4. sdelmonte - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Too bad no one is noticing the great debut of Collin McHugh yesterday. I don’t think he’s supposed to be the Next Big Thing the way Wheeler and Harvey are, but I will take a nice first game as something to enjoy, even if it was a loss.

  5. heyblueyoustink - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Sigh, i’m not sober enough to enjoy this kind of outrage.

  6. ningenito78 - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    The funny part is he’s not even a Mets fan. But he’s said in the past he wants the Mets to do well because during day games (they play on the same radio station he’s on) if they stink and nobody’s listening it effects his ratings. At least he’s honest….

  7. Old Gator - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Well, for the first long phase of his career Mike had Mad Dog Russo, who always sounded like he was choking on a live duck, to make him look good. Now he’s hanging it all – his lower abdomen, I mean – out there over his beltline all by hisself. He needs Pete Franklin back as a straight man.

  8. contraryguy - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Looking over the box from last night’s game, it’s hard to see what his beef is. After assuming that CarGo = David Wright, the rest of the lineups are roughly equal in talent. so if he’s mad at anything, it’s that the Mets ARE pretty much the same as the Rockies now. Best to get past the denial phase, Mike.

  9. tcostant - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    You know I haven’t lived in NY area in over 10 years, but I use to listen to the old Mike and the Mad Dogs show. This is no different than I heard from Mike Francesa, only the names have changed. I’m glad I been routeing for the Nats since 2005.

  10. mybrunoblog - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Sports radio personnel are entertainers not journalists. They don’t report news they talk about it. This is Francesa at his most theatrical best. I’m not a huge fan of his but I do listen sometimes. He gets big ratings here in the NYC metro area.

  11. mplsjoe - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    For those of us who can’t get real sport-talk radio in our home, flyover markets, this is like a breath of fresh air.

    • Old Gator - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      You flyover guys – wow, you’re tiny. Is that Whoville down there or what? Anyway, as I was saying, you flyover guys ought to rent the original Harvey Keitel Bad Lieutenant, not just for the classic Harvey nude and jackoff scenes, but most of all for the histrionic narratives of the world series that issue periodically from Harvey’s squad car radio – Mad Dog Russo at his finest. It’s a great film in general, even more worthwhile watching for baseball fans thanks to the Mad Dog’s oscar worthy performance (he was neglected by the Academy because of West Coast bias).

      • mplsjoe - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        Agree re: Mad Dog performance in Bad Lt. Occasionally a caller to the WFAN M&MD show would bring up the file and Russo’s role in it. Russo always downplayed it and changed the topic. I could never decide why.

  12. keithbangedyermom - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Fatcesca has an obsession with the Mets for some reason.

  13. droogleeddie - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    He is a Yankee fan, which makes his rant even stranger.

    • bigleagues - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      WFAN is the Mets’ affiliate. His job, among other things, is too voice the frustrations (or, in the case of the Yankees, the exaltations) of both fan-bases.

  14. bigleagues - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    The Sports Pope has spoken.

  15. bobdira - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Like most from NYC it is this moron’s feeling that the mere fact that the team is from that part of the country that they somehow are entitled to good baseball and that the rest of the country should just bow down and surrender. Apparently when teams play well against the Mets (in this case) it’s the lack of talent, desire, effort etc on the part of the Mets and has nothing to do with the fact that the guys on the other side are paid professionals too. What an ass.

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