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Charley Steiner Recalls Story of Yankees Broadcast Offer

“‘The bad news is I told George you might be interested in coming to work for the Yankees. And he told me to stay the f*** out of his business, build me a winner, you have nothing to do with broadcasts. The good news he wants to hire you.'”

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Charley Steiner has been on the job with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 18 seasons as a play-by-play announcer, longer than his time with ESPN or the New York Yankees.

During an appearance on The Press Box podcast, Steiner re-lived how he got an offer from the New York Yankees in 2001 while announcing Barry Bonds’ chase for home run record in quite the interesting manner.

“I was sitting in Brian Cashman’s office. It was a Sunday night game, it was three or four in the afternoon, and just chatting,” Steiner recalled. “And George (Steinbrenner) walk in to the office. I’d known George since from the time I worked in Cleveland back in the mid-to-late 70s. And George was saying ‘Oh, I heard you on television the other day’, just chatting aimlessly.

“He says to Cashman and says ‘I need to talk to you’, so I said ok it was time to leave. So George leaves the office, and I say to Brian — because 2002 would be the first year for the YES Network — ‘You know, if something is available with this new network’ — because they didn’t even have a name yet — ‘I could be interested’. “

Steiner then said Brian Cashman walked into the broadcast booth with a “I have good news and bad news” approach, which caught the former SportsCenter anchor off guard because he expected no news.

Cashman said “‘The bad news is I told George you might be interested in coming to work for the Yankees. And he told me to stay the f*** out of his business, build me a winner, you have nothing to do with broadcasts. The good news he wants to hire you.’ And so that was how it came to pass,” Steiner recalled. “All the while, I’m doing those games up to and post 9/11 and the Bonds home runs. The Giants call and say ‘Would you be interested in coming out and working with John Miller?’.

“My father was in ill-health at the time, and having grown up in New York — and the offers were identical, but truth be told I’d always been a Dodgers fan — so I decided to work for the Yankees so my dad could hear me in his final years, and he did, and that was how the Yankees part of the story came about.”

Steiner spent the 2002, 2003, and 2004 seasons with the Yankees before joining the Dodgers broadcast booth. Yankees announcer John Sterling reportedly told colleagues how much he disliked working with Steiner, due to his “inaccurate calls” and use of cliches during the broadcast.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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