For the entire divisional division of the American League between the Yankees and the GuardiansDebates are raging over the style of broadcasting of longtime man Bob Costas.
Perhaps no one has stronger feelings on the matter of New York radio personality Mike Francesa.
After both ALDS games 3 and 4 between New York and Cleveland, Francesa posted podcasts on the BetRivers network that contained rants about Costas’ talkative broadcast style. Following a Yankees defeat on Saturday, radio host was referencing the power of Yankees winger Ryan Bader when he launched into a passionate segment on the iconic, but long-winded broadcaster.
“Costas, who won’t shut up no matter what happens,” Francesa said after Race 3. “Think every word is golden because he won’t shut up. Everything is a history lesson. We don’t need a history lesson every two seconds! Everyone is a Yankees fan. They understand the history of the Yankees. They know it back and forth. This is not a history lesson. It’s a baseball game. Silence! Play the game!
“It’s driving everyone crazy. He must have said a thousand times: ‘Yankee home runs …’ We know the Yankees have doubled their home runs this year! We know the [Guardians] hit 127 homers and the Yankees 254. We know! Everybody knows! Take stock once, not 4,000 times!
Francesa dismissed his criticisms after winning New York’s Race 4, but still appreciated the idea that the series was coming to an end and that Costas’ play-by-play responsibilities were over.
“I just have to get through another game where Bob talks so much,” he said. “I’m sorry for Ron [Darling]. Ron will hear Bob in his sleep. Listen, we all know Bob Costas is a very talented announcer, a talented sports presenter, I’ve known him all my adult life, “said Francesa.” But he just talked and over and over and over and over and over and over and over this whole series of absolutely nothing, for the most part. I mean please give tomorrow night’s game a chance to breathe, please, it’s a 5 game, it’s a drama series, a fifth game dramatic and decisive.
“Let him breathe, Bob, please. You’ve been squeezing this thing all your life. It’s almost like Bob has been locked away somewhere, wanting to talk, and now you can’t shut him up, because he hasn’t stopped talking for a second in the Yankees series. He didn’t stop talking for a while. Of everything! No matter what he is, he never stops. Please let the drama Game 5 breathe a little.
Time will tell if Francesca’s wish will come true in game 5.
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