Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Remember last week’s item in which Chris Chambliss talked about putting up for auction the bat and ball from his ALCS-winning home run in 1976?
Well, the ball sold at the All-Star FanFest Tuesday for a cool $82,655.10, including the buyer’s premium. What about the bat? Alas, it did not reach the reserve (minimum) price, so it remains available.
What was that price? The auction company...Read more »
Chris Chambliss finally is ready to part with the bat and ball that ensured his place in baseball history, and he does not expect to be all that sentimental about it.
“I don’t think so,’’ he said of an auction scheduled for Tuesday at the All-Star FanFest at the Javits Center. “It’s a memory that will still be there for me. It doesn’t change what happened.’’
What happened was a...Read more »
While fans watching on TV will hear Chris Berman’s trademark “back, back, back” call for Monday’s Home Run Derby on ESPN, those at Citi Field will get Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic.
MLB invited the ESPN Radio morning hosts to be in-stadium announcers. Why? “In all candor, I don’t know,” Greenberg said. “But we said, ‘Absolutely.’”
By the way, Greenberg is a Yankees fan. How might that...Read more »
Much has been made – including here – of the Yankees’ attendance decline in 2013, down 2,482 per game through Wednesday night. That’s a lot of overpriced beer going un-guzzled.
But halfway through the season, they are far from alone, and in far better shape than most.
Nine teams are down by more than the Yankees, “led’’ by the Marlins’ 11,052 a game and including the Red Sox, Cubs and...Read more »
Kevin Youkilis will like this note: Fox announced its 2013 baseball slate the other day, and just in case you thought the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry might not be the attraction it once was . . . think again.
The network plans an all-time high of five (5!) Bombers-Bosox tilts: June 1, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14.
Fox again will offer eight weeks in a row of prime-time Saturday...Read more »
If, like me, you have an interest in sports movies and too much time on your hands, I highly recommend a piece at baseballresearcher.blogspot.com that reconsiders the belief that in “The Pride of the Yankees’’ Gary Cooper’s image was flipped to make him look like a plausibly lefty Lou Gehrig.
I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say Baseball Hall of Fame senior curator Tom Shieber...Read more »
The YES Network announced a multi-year contract extension with Michael Kay, its Yankees play-by-play voice since the network launched in 2002.
Kay also will continue hosting the "CenterStage" interview show. Kay re-signed last fall with ESPN Radio, for which he hosts the afternoon drive time show in 98.7-FM....Read more »