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It’s apparently mandatory to interview Cal Ripken

Sep 10, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

Legendary Orioles player Ripken, Jr. listens to tributes prior to unveiling of statue in Baltimore Reuters

Jets won. The Yankees, though not without their problems, managed a split and remain in first place. Not enough muck to rake this morning, apparently, so Raissman of the Daily News goes after YES Network for not interviewing Cal Ripken:

According to an MLB source Ripken’s PR man John Maroon e-mailed media outlets in Baltimore and New York informing them Ripken would be available during the game. WCBS-AM, the Yankees’ radio flagship, requested an interview.

“For whatever reason,” the source said. “YES had no interest in talking to Cal.”

The “reason” really doesn’t matter. Any would only be a lame excuse. Like a dog swallowed YES’ extra mike and it didn’t have one for Ripken. Or maybe on a night where the Yankees were battling the O’s for first place in the AL East, YES honchos didn’t want the ultimate symbol of Orioles baseball in their broadcast booth.

Or maybe, just maybe, they decided that, like most ex-athletes, Ripken didn’t have anything particularly interesting to say. Or maybe YES decided to keep its focus on a September baseball game between two teams in pitched battle for the division title.

I realize that Cal Ripken is an immortal and all of that, but he’s not exactly hard to find or unavailable for interviews. I’m struggling to see how YES not taking up a PR man’s pitch for an interview with the guy is some sort of media faux pas.

And that’s the case even though it was the night of his statue unveiling at Camden Yards. I mean, how many opposing team broadcasts interviewed Yankees legends on nights their plaques were unveiled in Monument Park?

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Sep 10, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Also: Raissman just HATES the YES Network. see also: bag, Punching

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Hell hath no fury like a beat reporter scorned.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      PC: Raissman isn’t a beat guy; he’s a “media analyst/watchdog”

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        “media analyst/watchdog”

        What does that entail exactly, is he a fact checker?

  3. sdelmonte - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    In-game interviews, especially on the radio, are just silly. There’s plenty going on, and the broadcasters should be focused on that, except in games down the stretch that don’t matter. This was of course not one of those.

    Then again, even second that Waldman and Sterling aren’t talking is to be cherished.

    • number42is1 - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      “Then again, even second that Waldman and Sterling aren’t talking is to be cherished.”

      not so much “talking” more like bumbaling

      • sdelmonte - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        And inventing silly home runs calls.

  4. hushbrother - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    This is why the sight of Cal Ripken makes my heart sink. Because the second he appears, it’s inevitable some douchelord is going to start waxing poetic about how wonderful he is, about how important his record is, about how it’s “our” record because Cal Ripken stands for all of us, who show up for work day after day. :eyeroll:

    If someone in the Yankees’ front office actually did make the call not to have him on the air, that person should be commended for sparing the viewers more of this nonsense.

    Hey, here’s a radical thought: The measure of how great a player is, isn’t determined by how many games he played in a row.

    • alang3131982 - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      How about by 400+ HRs and 3,000+ hits, ya know, something Ripken and only 6 other players have done…

      Oh and Ripken is the only IF from the left side of the diamond. But yeah, he’s only mentioned because he did something no one else did, not that he wouldnt have been able to set the record if he wasnt fielding and defending at a pretty darn good clip.

      It was also Cal Ripken night. no reason to admonish YES for a programming decision, totally fine with that. But to say Ripken is great is silly.

  5. willclarkgameface - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    The YES network sucks, almost as much as NESN. I mean, they hired John Sterling to do their TV broadcasts. For that alone they should be forever pissed upon.

    Cal in on XM all the time. He hosts a show with his brother. Do i need to hear what he has to say during a Yankees/O’s game? NOPE. Cal is cool and all and I like his brother, but there’s no need to have him on New York television. Keep him on national airwaves and that’s it.

    • yankeefan1950 - Sep 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      as usual you got it wrong – John Sterling doesn’t work for YES, he does the radio broadcasts.

      • vallewho - Sep 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM


  6. vallewho - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    I think a bigger outrage should be the way the Baltimore Sun and MASN covered/reported the end of Sat’s game. The paper never mentioned the blown call, MASN never showed a replay. Yeah, makes a lot of sense.

  7. yankeefan1950 - Sep 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Raissman, besides being a “columnist” for the Daily News, is also a commenter on the Mets sports network, SNY. He is the most negative writer you’ll ever run across and has had a vendetta going against YES for years. Why the Daily News continues to employ him is beyond me. His being an employee of a competing network and being allowed to comment about YES is in the very least an ethics violation. The next time he writes something positive about ANYTHING will be the first time he’s ever written (or had) a positive thought.

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