Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Undaunted by my mostly negative review last week, the producers of "Bronx Bombers" announced Monday that the show would move to Broadway early next year, with previews starting Jan. 10 and an official opening Feb. 6 at Circle in the Square Theater.
The big roster move is a new set of actors playing Yogi and Carmen Berra - the husband-and-wife duo of Peter Scolari and Tracy Shayne.
There...Read more »
“Bronx Bombers,’’ the latest from the sports-minded producers who brought you “Lombardi’’ and “Magic/Bird,’’ ends its off-Broadway run Saturday night and still is aiming for a Broadway premiere early in 2014.
The plan is tweak the show – and add other elements, including video – after what it called its “spring training’’ at The Duke on 42nd Street.
Is it worth the effort? Maybe. Writer/director...Read more »
As a practical matter, the Mets’ departure from WFAN should not be a huge deal. The team will appear on a major radio station in 2014 and beyond, and fans will adjust soon enough.
But the news the Yankees would be taking the Mets’ place on the dial hit fans hard emotionally, partly because of a crosstown rival moving into their team’s old house, and partly because of the Mets’ extraordinary...Read more »
Everyone knows the Yankees had, um, mixed emotions about Alex Rodriguez returning to the fold rather than, say, folding his tent and going away for good.
But there is no downside to A-Rod when it comes to YES Network ratings.
That was proven Monday night when his not-so-triumphant return to the big leagues helped YES average 4.34 percent of homes in the New York market for the Yankees-White...Read more »
It's not over until it's over, even after one of your most famous TV characters has been dismembered and buried.
Thus will the actor Joe Pantoliano - who as Ralph Cifaretto on "The Sopranos'' found himself going all to pieces - be intact and on stage this autumn playing former Yankees great Yogi Berra in the new play, "Bronx Bombers."
The show, set to premiere Sept. 17...Read more »
I hate it when other journalists come up with seemingly obvious, great ideas I should have thought of and executed first!
But give credit where it's due: This Wall Street Journal piece in which John Sterling laments the lack of home runs to call from the 2013 Yankees is pure gold.
Best line: "This year there's a new Yankee every day. I couldn't keep up with them. Fortunately, I...Read more »
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 »