During Sunday’s rain delay in the Yankees/Mariners game, announcers Michael Kay and Ken Singleton remembered that part of their jobs as members of the media is to report information, not just fawn over Derek Jeter (and in case you’re wondering, the Yanks did have a game on Thursday).
When Kay and Singleton finally addressed the situation, they did so with a sympathetic tone. Who wouldn’t feel bad for a multi-millionaire who cheated and rocks highlights? Kay even went so far as to say that he has a great relationship with Clemens and that he a “great guy." Really?
This type of soft coverage, however, should come as no surprise to anyone. The YES Network likes to stay in their protective bubble, rarely ruffling feathers, especially when those feathers have something to do with Yankee lore.
A memo to YES: when one of baseball’s biggest names, who also happens to be a former player, is facing a 25-year jail sentence, it’s kind of a big deal.
Also, now would be a good time to mention the Yankees' stadium replay policy. If something doesn't go the Yankees' way, it's effectively swept under the rug, and not shown on the stadium's big screen. It appears YES follows the same policy.
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