Contemplating the hysteria and hyperbole surrounding the signing of Aaron Decide, would you be shocked if the Yankees Leisure and Sports activities Community had been in a position to get every of his at-bats sponsored?
On Wednesday morning when Decide agreed to a brand new sky-scraping (9-year, $360 million) contract, sighs of aid had been accompanied by visions of greenback indicators for anybody with a monetary stake within the Yankees — together with YES fits.
Whereas Decide leaving would not have wrecked the Yankees model and wealthy historical past, which YES used to advertise the community, promote to advertisers and TV distributors, it might have ripped a short-term, gaping holes within the product and the group’s credibility. Now, that nightmare is over, changed by desires of JudgeMania.
There have been even made-for-TV drama (or no less than a Yankeeography) parts in the way in which the deal went down. It started with the outfielder nixing a profitable provide earlier than the season began, and included, Yankee brass being saved at the hours of darkness, an inaccurate tweet from The Put up’s Jon Heyman that No. 99 (“Arson Decide”) seemed to be headed to the Giants, and at last Hal Steinbrenner, in Italy, closing a deal throughout a phone dialog with Decide.
Shifting ahead, the title of the script is Excessive Expectations. It ought to do properly within the rankings division.
For Decide and his household, cashing in is a blessing, a results of exhausting work and timing. It additionally arrives with the load that comes with a relentless media highlight. That kind of warmth brings sweat and stress. Decide felt it throughout his historic residence run chase. That was about him attempting to interrupt a document whereas enjoying for a brand new contract. What if this one is about struggling?
What if Decide will get off to a horrendous begin in 2023? There might be a number of commentators, and diverse VOS Gasbags, who will attribute it to the Decide getting the fats contract. The opposite aspect will argue Decide’s historical past exhibits that attempting to guide the Yankees to their first World Sequence look since 2009 is sufficient to maintain him hungry.
For YES, all that issues is that Decide is within the lineup. Both manner, whether or not he is battling out of a hunch or once more occurring a house run tear, Decide is vacation spot TV. The informal followers who’re tuned in to look at him in 2022 will stick due to the contract hype. The massive deal not solely added to his thriller, but additionally to the variety of storylines out there to YES voices.
But, will they get into points about how the richest contract in Yankees historical past could have an effect on Decide? Or will their conversations be confined to what is going on on with him between the strains?
Keep in mind, earlier than Steinbrenner dumped all that money on him, Decide wasn’t thrilled with YES following him within the dugout with its cameras. Now, Decide (exterior of the proprietor and perhaps the GM, Brian Cashman) is probably the most highly effective particular person within the group. And he is locked in (in all probability as Captain too) for no less than 9 seasons. Will his criticisms of YES be extra expansive and frequent?
One thing tells us YES honchos stopped caring about these critics when Decide determined to remain within the Bronx.
Not solely did the Mets lose an outstanding pitcher when Jacob deGrom signed with Texas, SNY misplaced a rankings magnet.
When deGrom pitched, it was an occasion. His injury-plagued profession made the buildup to his begins even larger. Not solely was this mirrored within the rankings, his mound dominance additionally introduced out one of the best within the SNY’s broadcast sales space, particularly Gary Cohen, whose voice captured the joy and drama of every JdG begin. These events might be missed.
Whereas Max Scherzer’s begins had been a lot anticipated, the telecasts did not generate the identical sizzle as a JdG outing. And it is uncertain Justin Verlander’s look will produce the identical sales space electrical energy, and rankings, as deGrom did.
The cockeyed world retains on spinning because the MSG Community/Comcast carriage dispute in New Jersey and Connecticut drags on — with a twist.
Lately, MSG Networks tweeted out that in New Jersey, Comcast Xfinity “simply raised” its Regional Sports activities Community payment “40% to $10.85.” The RSN payment is greater than it was “BEFORE” Comcast dropped MSG Networks over a 12 months in the past.
So, these Comcast Xfinity New Jersey subscribers, unable to entry MSG, are actually paying the next RSN payment whereas getting much less sports activities programming (no Rangers, Knicks, Devils, Islanders and the Giants stay postgame exhibits). Makes numerous sense, proper?
Mets-A-Holic, Evan Roberts was shaken over the departure of Jacob deGrom. No shock there.
But Roberts was so bent, he took it out on the messengers. On Monday, throughout his WFAN/SNY afternoon-drive simulcast with Craig Carton, Roberts not solely stated the group did not all the time deal with JdG with the respect he deserved, however added he did not like the way in which SNY lined the pitcher’s departure.
When Carton requested Roberts to be extra particular, the talkie obliged to sing out veteran anchor Gary Apple and SNY’s baseball insider Andy Martino. Roberts stated he had “points” with each voices, accusing them of being “shills” for the group.
Thinks Roberts, the Tremendous Mets Fan, was a bit too emotional about his man, Jake. Sure, Apple and Martino had a distinct take than Roberts. It was not a fan’s take, a talk-radio take. Nor ought to it’s. The SNY voices had been balanced. They had been truthful.
The frequent “feuds” between WFAN personalities make us marvel what number of are literally actual or simply designed for cross-promotion. A brand new one entails the morning mouth of Norman Julius Esiason punching down at America’s-Know-It-All, Brandon (Tiki and) Tierney. On Wednesday, NJE closed his present saying: “Keep tuned for Tiki [Barber]. Tiki does an amazing present.” Maybe his canceling Tierney from the promo had one thing to do with Tierney dumping on the Esiason-heavy “Audacy Sports activities Minute.” “They [the Sports Minute] are nugatory,” BT stated on the air. “I do not hearken to them.”… CBS Sports activities is utilizing its No. 1 workforce, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo on Sunday’s Jets-Payments tilt. Which means we cannot get the filibuster supplied by Ian (The Fowl) Eagle and Charles Davis. Acquired to offer Fowl credit score. He can launch right into a story or anecdote after the whistle blows and end it simply because the ball is being snapped. Until, after all, the all the time chatty Davis interrupts him. … The excessive minds inhabiting the Valley of the Silly actually engaged in some brain-stretching to provide you with the next debate: Will Mets followers boo Jacob deGrom when he returns to Citi Area with Texas.
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