Michael Kay Is NOT A Fan Of Phil Mushnick
New York Yankees announcer/ESPN Radio host Michael Kay is no stranger to crazed tirades on his radio show, and thanks to accusations of plagiarism from New York Post crank Phil Mushnick, he recently went off on another. Fortunately, Newsday sports media maven Neil Best was there to document it.
Best transcribed Kay's latest tantrum last evening, noting that Kay's tone was "venomous, to put it mildly." Reading the contents of his meltdown, that should be clear enough. Some highlights:
Who the hell are you to scold me? My mother and father scolded me and they’re dead. You’re not, OK? Don’t ever scold me. You don’t have that right to be scolding me, nor do you have that gravitas. You’re nothing, OK?
The fact that Kay began this by angrily, incongruously mentioning that his parents are deceased is a sign that this will be one of his craziest moments.
If you think about, what are critics? Critics are parasites that live off the work of others and critique it. Do something on your own.
Don’t scold me. I’m not your son. How dare you scold me? You ever scolded me to my face I’d punch you in the face.
Um, wow. Let it be known that in Kay's legendary "jinxing perfect games/slavery/Holocaust" screed (linked above), he never invoked the possibility of physical violence against another.
Because one day when I die more people are going to be sad than happy. And when you die it’s going to be the complete opposite. Because people hate your guts in the business.
...and now we've reached "legendary radio rant" status. Because he just told Phil Mushnick that legions of people would celebrate his death. Michael Kay is NOT fooling around with this. And the incredible thing is, this still doesn't top his "jinxing" diatribe. He's going to have to absolutely lose his mind - possibly literally via an actual head explosion - to top equating both slavery and the Holocaust with the idea that one can "jinx" a no-hitter or perfect game (in the span of a couple minutes).
Still, this was captivating work. And the terrific Michael Kay parody on Twitter made some good points about possible hypocrisy on Kay's part in calling Mushnick thin-skinned while simultaneously descending into madness over Mushnick's criticism directed at him. And also, an obligatory mention of the "jinxing" masterpiece. Yes, it will be hard for Kay to top screaming, "DO YOU KNOW HOW CRETINOUS YOU SOUND?!?!?!" at a caller for talking about jinxes, but clearly, he'll be damned if he doesn't give it a shot.
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