Michael Kay made it clear on his radio present Wednesday afternoon that he gained’t give a heartfelt goodbye to WFAN’s now “retired” Mike Francesa.
The Yankees play-by-play man blew up on a caller, “Huge Ron from Babylon,” for saying that Kay and his co-hosts Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg wouldn’t have discuss radio jobs if it weren’t for the Sports activities Pope popularizing the medium.
“Initially, we don’t should pay homage to competitors that by no means actually was good to us,” Kay mentioned, referencing the numerous instances Francesa and Kay went backwards and forwards arguing about their rankings over the previous few years.
“No. 2, sports activities radio was not invented by Mike and Chris (Russo). Invoice Mazer, John Sterling, Artwork Rust Jr., there can be sports activities discuss, my good friend.”
Kay did have some good phrases for Francesa. He admitted the Sports activities Pope and Russo raised sports activities discuss radio to “a unique stage.” He mentioned “a 30-year profession in something is superb” and that it ought to be celebrated.
Nevertheless, Kay’s his situation with the Sports activities Pope stems from Francesa’s dangerous angle, in addition to the very fact his sports activities discuss profession probably shouldn’t be over.
“Mike was by no means variety to us, by no means gracious about his success,” Kay mentioned. “For us to take a seat right here and, like, bow down as a result of he decides to depart his job at FAN, I imply, I’ve had arguments with individuals on Twitter about this. Sorry, that’s not occurring. Mike by no means confirmed any respect… respect goes each methods. If it doesn’t come a method it’s not going to return the opposite.
Kay then likened this level of Francesa’s profession to an athlete who’s a free agent.
“Think about any individual having a day for a participant who leaves as a free agent. That’s precisely what Mike’s doing,” Kay defined. “He’s coming again subsequent season to do one thing else on one other station or one other medium and we’re supposed to take a seat there, ‘Oh, Kumbaya, oh, he’s nice.’ Please.”
The rant ended with Kay incorrectly citing the ultimate e book of 2017:
“‘They’ll by no means get near me’ (Francesa mentioned). Nicely, the ultimate e book of his life he completed second; we completed third. I don’t know. I used to be fairly good at math. That’s shut.”
Francesa did end second within the coveted 25-54 demographic. Kay completed fourth.
Predictably, many members of Mongo Nation, Francesa’s religious fanbase, took offense to Kay’s phrases.
They took swings on the Yankees broadcaster on Twitter, poking enjoyable at him utilizing the #ThingsBetterThanKay hashtag. Subjects within the tweets ranged from the approaching New York Metropolis snowstorm to the Mets.