Courtesy of Fire Joe Morgan, we have a clip from Michael Kay (link at bottom), Yankee play-by-play guy who doubles as sports radio host on 1050 AM in New York. The subject that day (August 5): a caller telling Kay that he violated baseball etiquette by describing Chen Mien Wang as pitching a perfect game, thus “jinxing” Wang.
To say that this got Kay riled up would be a significant understatement. Here’s part of what Kay said in response to the caller telling him he shouldn’t use the phrase “perfect game” during a perfect game:
“Why? Because it’s baseball etiquette? But, why? It used to be etiquette to have black people as slaves? That’s why they had Nazi Germany. Why did they march people into ovens? Oh, I followed orders? But, why? Because they told me to? Mind-boggling? Do you know how cretinous you sound when you think a broadcaster can influence a game, how stupid you sound, how infantile…I have never been more angry?”
Kay is generally a pretty mild-mannered guy as an announcer. But, there’s something about the sports radio medium that brings out the angriest in people. Who knew that Kay was standing up to the dark forces of conformism in such a resolute way by refusing to give in to baseball superstitions?