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Posada saga keeps nets busy

Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada during batting practice

Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada during batting practice prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (May 15, 2011) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

So what if some folks in the hinterlands south and west of Yogi Berra’s house in Jersey complain about national television’s obsession with the Yankees and Red Sox?

Let them have D. Wade and D. Rose. We had ourselves a good old-fashioned Bronx brouhaha this past weekend, just in time for prime time showcases on Fox and ESPN.

How did the networks do with the Posada Saga? Pretty well, mostly.

Fox was on top of the unfolding news Saturday, including a controversial, in-game interview with Brian Cashman. ESPN weighed in Sunday with Curt Schilling accurately blaming Cashman and Joe Girardi for failing to defuse the situation and Bobby Valentine accurately blaming Posada for an unprofessional act.

YES got caught in an awkward position not of its making Saturday night when it carried Girardi’s news conference live, followed by Posada on tape, even though the player spoke first.

The Yankees do not allow interviews in the locker room to be carried live during the regular season.

The lowest media moment of the weekend came in the fourth inning Saturday, when Fox inexplicably invited comedienne Sarah Silverman into the booth to represent Red Sox fans.

I am a fan of both Joe Buck and Ms. Silverman, but their forced banter was excruciating.

Was Fox not paying attention when ESPN finally gave up on having celebrities in the booth to appeal to casual fans on “Monday Night Football?”

Hello? Remember Christian Slater?

Silverman appeared to see the train wreck coming. Before the game she posted this on Twitter: “Get ready to be the opposite of dazzled.’’

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