Speaking of being hard to watch (and listen to), Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News thinks the announcers on the YES Network and the Yankees Radio Network are just that. I'm not breaking any news here, of course. He has been, arguably, the harshest critic of Michael Kay and his colleagues at YES and of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on the radio.
I have never agreed with anything he has said. Until now.
In his column today he took both the YES announcers and Sterling and Waldman to task for basically ignoring the Alex Rodriguez situation and acting as if nothing had happened. He was particularly critical of how they mention A-Rod's place in the history books, tying this person, passing that one, etc, whenever he gets a hit or drives in a run.
For a while last night, it did appear that they were on the verge of changing this, when Paul O'Neill pointed out that, after A-Rod hit a single, Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo ignored him. O'Neill explained that first baseman always have something to say to a batter who reaches first base, and he wondered if Trumbo's snub of Alex Rodriguez was because of the PED mess. Later in the game O'Neill observed that Trumbo was chatting with another Yankee who had reached base.
But, that was as far as it went.
Now, I'm not saying they have to talk about it from first pitch to last but, the issue needs to be addressed, at least when A-Rod makes progress in the history books. As long as they don't they come off as very unprofessional, and that is something that these announcers, especially Kay, pride themselves on being.