Recent behavior from the Houston Astros’ front office caused at least one notable baseball fan to stop watching. Disgusted with the Astros actions, New York Yankees radio announcer, Suzyn Waldman told The Boston Globe she has not watched any of the World Series.
In 2018, pitcher Roberto Osuna was suspended 75 games by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. Osuna was charged with assault, but the alleged victim refused to testify and the case was never prosecuted. At the time, Osuna was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, but the Houston Astros chose to ignore backlash and trade for the pitcher.
The Yankees traded for their closer, Aroldis Chapman under similar circumstances a few years ago. But Waldman’s disgust for the Astros is less about the acquisition of Osuna and more about their offensive interactions with female sports reporters following the 2019 ALCS.
“Listen, they did what they did and Osuna did what he did. I understand it. I don’t like it, but I understand it,” Waldman told The Globe regarding the Astros decision to acquire the pitcher.
While the Astros celebrated their ALCS victory, assistant GM Brandon Taubman repeatedly yelled, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—ing glad we got Osuna!” directing the chant at a group of female sports reporters. One of the reporters was wearing a domestic violence bracelet and previously promoted the phone number for domestic violence hotlines on Twitter. Those tweets which sometimes coincided with Osuna entering a game for the Astros, reportedly generated complaints from Taubman.
When SI’s Stephanie Apstein reported Taubman’s actions, the Astros quickly defended their assistant GM and called her story misleading, irresponsible and fabricated. Days later, the Astros began to backpedal as they apologized and fired Taubman who admitted wrongdoing.
“My brother is a teacher. As he used to say to the kids, when they’d say sorry: ‘You’re not sorry, you’re caught,’ ” Waldman said. “There’s a difference. …They lied about the whole thing.”
“What [the Astros] did was worse than [assistant GM Brandon] Taubman yelling at her, which is vile enough,” Waldman told The Globe of the Astros attempt to discredit a reporter and defend the despicable actions by their now former assistant GM. “They tried to ruin a young woman’s career. How do you come back from that?”
Waldman is a pioneer in the sports broadcast industry, having battled sexism and harassment during her own career. The first ever voice of WFAN and a full-time Yankees broadcaster since 2005, Waldman has received insolent hostility, vile letters and death threats. Even today at the age of 73 and in the midst of a career spanning more than three decades, Waldman is not fully accepted in an industry largely dominated by men.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”