ESPN’s early-season slate heavy on the Yanks

The RAB Radio Show: January 12, 2011
Open Thread: Nova turns 24

The Worldwide Leader announced its Sunday Night Baseball lineup for the first few months of the 2011 season, and, as expected, it’s heavy on the Yanks. In three of the season’s first seven weeks, the Yanks will play on Sunday night with first pitch shortly after 8 p.m. Eastern time. They’ll face the Red Sox in Boston on April 10 before hosting the Rangers the following Sunday night. With the Red Sox in town on May 15, ESPN will air that game as well. The Subway Series the following weekend thankfully won’t air on ESPN, but the Yanks’ 1 p.m. Opening Day match-up against the Tigers on March 31st will.

ESPN’s decision to air so many Yankee games is one driven simply by ratings. Fans come out to watch the Yanks in droves, and while I can’t stand the late starts, the late ends and the overly dramatic production, at least we won’t be stuck with Joe Morgan and Jon Miller this year. With Dan Shulman, Orel Hershisher and Bobby Valentine manning the booth, the games should be more tolerable. ESPN’s Sunday night slate so far can be found right here.

The RAB Radio Show: January 12, 2011
Open Thread: Nova turns 24
  • Matt Imbrogno

    I don’t mind Shulman, but I think Valentine might get annoying.

    • C-Mac

      IIRC, Orel has said some boneheaded things. I believe for instance he was a B-Jobber. Could be wrong though.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Damn. I hate ESPN.

  • Chris

    I HATE ESPN Sunday night games. Its ok if you are at home but when its one of the few games you go to….who wants to be at a game starting at 8? Especially vs Boston. You would be lucky to get out by midight,

    • Brian in NH

      I went to one of those early april games on a sunday night in boston. Terrible. It was freezing, the wind was whipping. I was wearing full winter gear basically. And the yanks got down big, almost made it interesting late, but ultimately fell short. It was a birthday present for my gf (an ardent sox fan) and it was not a great night overall.

  • Chris P

    Rick Sutcliffe is even more annoying. Hopefully he has been removed from their Wednesday games.

  • The Real JobaWockeeZ

    At least there’s no more Joe Moegan guys…

    • Craig

      “This is where the leadoff walk hurts”

  • Poopy Pants

    I am getting SO tired of ESPN’s obvious bias against the Yankees! How dare they show games!

    • Tank the Frank

      Listen to some of the commentary closely and then tell us what you think.

      Or you could just take a look at any article since 2007.

      • mbonzo

        The announcing was always a bit anti-Yankees. Joe Miller was always overdramatic, but he tried to be equally overdramatic. Joe Morgan hates the Yankees though. I remember reading somewhere that he despised the Yankees since 1998 because ESPN really hyped up them being better than the big red machine. Everyone knows that Joe Morgan thinks his team was the best ever, even better than the 1927 Yankees. It seems weird for a normal person, but I can 100% see Morgan’s massive ego hate the Yankees for challenging his beloved big red machine. He does however, LOVE Robinson Cano… but who doesn’t?

        • YankeesJunkie

          I personally love how much Morgan hated stats even though people who followed stats think Morgan was underrated.

        • Xstar7

          The 1976 Reds were not the greatest baseball team of all time. The 1979 Pirates were.

          • mbonzo

            1979 Pirates had 44.9 WAR
            1976 Reds had 47.8 WAR
            1927 Yankees had 60.4 WAR
            1998 Yankees had 63.8 WAR

            • JGS

              1939 Yankees were 70.1 WAR

              +411 run differential

              • Stan the Man

                There you have it the 1939 Yanks are the greatest team ever, thank the lord that was figured out.

    • jsbrendog

      why do you come here?

  • Rey22

    I don’t get the YES network so I’ll gladly put up with the crappy comments in order to catch more Yankee games on TV.

    • Sean C is a wonderful, wonderful thing. And only $100 or so per season, and totally worth it. If you have a PS3, there’s an application that lets you run games in hi-def on your tv. I watched more games last season than most others combined.

      • Rey22

        I know a couple of people that have it and love it, but I’m a broke college student right now, so sadly that’s not an option.

        • MikeD

          Hmmm, that would have been a good Christmas gift for someone to give you, or a Chanukah gift or a Ground Hogs Day gift, or a gift for some holiday that you do celebrate!

          • Mike HC


    • Brian in NH

      yes living outside of the YES network range sucks. I do get mlb network so i sometimes get the games there. can’t afford to shell out another $100 for though

  • Stan the Man

    Nothing with Bobby Valentine in it is more tolerable. Give anyone but Bobby Valentine.

  • Mark G

    Joe Morgan is the WORST next to Tim McGarver…the one is arrogant and always praises himself and his red machine. McGarver is just plain stupid and sounds like an illiterate. Both should be banned for their lousy work!!!!

  • twac00

    Now Fox needs to get rid of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.