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Michael Kay: Waiting For Aaron Judge’s 62nd Home Run ‘Got Really Really Old’

“I guess everyone that wanted to see it was watching YES or the MLB Network and those that didn’t want to see it didn’t want to see it, so they wouldn’t be bothered with it.”

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Aaron Judge finally paid off the hype on Tuesday night in Arlington when he hit his 62nd home run, the most in a single season for any American League player in history. If fans thought they got sick of waiting for it to happen, just imagine how Michael Kay felt.

The television voice of the Yankees joined The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday morning and said that he was as frustrated as everyone else. Preparing for a moment that could happen at any time requires a lot of juggling for a broadcaster.

“It became a little trying for everybody, and I am sure for the viewers as well Dan, because you’re doing television,” Kay said. “You know this is going to be a stand-alone at bat if he hits the home run, so you’ve got to layer all the important parts, you know, what’s coming up. And you know, we were also welcoming in a national audience that was joining us on ESPN and MLB Network. There was a lot of that bookkeeping to do. So after a while, it got really really old.”

Kay says he was not shielded from the criticism of the coverage Judge’s chase received. In fact, he did not disagree with the people that were turned off by the narrative that Aaron Judge’s 62 home runs was the new home run record despite Barry Bonds hitting 73 home runs in 2001.

“A lot of people were saying, and this was spurred on by Rober Maris Jr, who is a real gentleman, that this is the real record. It’s not the real record. Even Aaron Judge says it’s not the real record. The real record is Barry Bonds.”

He was also very aware of how frustrated college football fans were the last two Saturdays as games were interrupted on ESPN networks to show Judge’s at-bats. He noted that “negativity has a louder megaphone than anything positive,” but added that the message was clear.

“I guess everyone that wanted to see it was watching YES or the MLB Network and those that didn’t want to see it didn’t want to see it, so they wouldn’t be bothered with it.”

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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