Keith Olbermann Vents About Being Ousted From Yankees’ Old-Timers Day
Back in May, Bill Simmons sarcastically wished Keith Olbermann luck with his new gig on the relatively obscure Current TV. Considering that Olbermann was relieved of his duties as the in-house play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees' annual Old-Timers Day, Simmons may have a new weapon should he and Olbermann ever have another Twitter dustup.
According to the New York Post, Olbermann, who has done the play-by-play for the traditional game between Yankees alumni for the past 11 years, was relieved of his duties because he posted a picture to his Twitter account of a Yankees coach stealing signs earlier this year.
The Yankees were not happy with Olbermann posting a photo on Twitter earlier this season of a coach signaling pitches to their batters in the on-deck circle. So they decided to bounce the liberal loudmouth and will have Bob Wolff and Suzyn Waldman provide the commentary for today's game instead.
Never one to bite his tongue, Olbermann reacted via his blog on MLB.com.
Look, it’s their Popsicle Stand and they can do what they want. More over, the Yankees – to use the Post’s phrase – once “bounced” Babe Ruth, to say nothing of Bernie Williams, and Yogi Berra twice and Billy Martin five times. I’m making no comparison, of course. But in that context, I’ve got no complaint there. I wasn’t going to say anything about this, in fact.
After stating that he had no complaint, Olbermann went on to spend the rest of his blog post complaining about everything from the inaccuracy of the notion that he was the play-by-play man (he was actually the color man), the way in which he was fired (he read about it in The Post), and the reasoning behind the firing (he even went on to re-post the pictures in question).
After eleven years of doing this, I think it would’ve been fitting if the Yankees had told me rather than let me hear it from somebody outside their organization the week before the event. It just seems like you’d want to preserve the dissemination of details about your company’s decisions like that to your company, rather than have a guy hear a rumor and then have to call up and ask.
Olbermann's gripe about not being told about his non-invite is a legitimate one, but it's a total Yankee move: getting rid of people in a passive-agressive fashion is something they've become very good at in the post-George Steinbrenner era.
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