For A Good Time, Call The New York Yankees Ticket Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Google search for the New York Yankees ticket office returns a toll-free number that now connects to a phone sex hotline.

A Google search for the New York Yankees ticket office returns a toll-free number that now connects to a phone sex hotline.

It sounds like something out of an old “Seinfeld” episode.

But it actually happened.

A toll-free telephone number previously used by the New York Yankees for their ticket office now directs you to a phone sex hotline.

The New York Post discovered that if you Google the term “Yankees box office phone number,” the very first number that comes up is 800.913.9793 – and it’s listed as a link to the Yankees’ official website.

Meanwhile, when you click on a link on the Yankees’ website (bottom right) titled “Yankee Stadium Ticket Office,” it directs you to an “A To Z Guide” in the “T” section – yet there’s no information on tickets listed under “T”. There’s “Taxi Stand” and “Television and Radio Broadcasts” but then it goes right to “Tours Presented by MasterCard.”

There was also a previous dustup with that same telephone number back when it was fully functioning. No word on when the line was actually discontinued, but the Yankees currently have two local numbers listed (on the same page) as their “ticket office” numbers: 718.293.6000 and 212-YANKEES.

The Yankees aren’t the first sports team or figure to be unknowingly promoting a phone sex number. A phone number listed on a box of cereal modeled after then-Cincinnati Bengals wideout Chad Ochocinco potentially led some people (even kids) to dial up a sex hotline. And nearly a decade ago, the Charlotte Bobcats, in their expansion season, had a listing in the local yellow pages for basketball tickets that had been mistaken for a sex chat number.

It’s bittersweet that such a snafu was uncovered as the Yankees are mired in a 1-3 slump to start the 2013 campaign. It’s like an old “Seinfeld” episode come to life.

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Fox To Air A Whopping Five Yankees/Red Sox Games In 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fox will be carrying a grand total of five New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox games during the 2013 MLB regular season - and Joe Buck and Tim McCarver will likely be working all of them.

Fox will be carrying a grand total of five New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox games during the 2013 MLB regular season – and Joe Buck and Tim McCarver will likely be working all of them.

Fox has released their schedule of MLB broadcasts for the 2013 season. This includes nine Saturday primetime games, as well as the annual All-Star Game on July 16.

And just when you thought Fox had scheduled way too many New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox matchups, think again.

The network will carry five, count ’em, five Yankees/Red Sox games this year – which is actually up from four games over the last two seasons.

By the way, during the 2010 season – the year the Yankees defended their last world championship in vain – only two Yankees/Red Sox broadcasts aired on Fox.

It’s no secret that there is a bitter rivalry between these two teams, and that will likely translate into some ratings magic for Fox.

But heading into a year where the Yankees are expected to have a vanilla offense, with their biggest stars, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, coming off injuries and/or steroid buzz, and the Red Sox are fresh off firing their manager after one season, one would argue that there would be less Yankees/Red Sox games shown on Fox, at least for the 2013 season (after all, it was done just three years ago).

So how did Fox and MLB manage to muster an additional matchup? The network usually carries at least one game of the annual regular-season “Subway Series” between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets, with Fox carrying one Saturday contest from each series at Yankee Stadium and CitiField for at least the last two years. But since MLB decided this year that they would shoehorn two three-game “home and home” weekend series into a four-game weekday slate – Fox doesn’t carry regular season MLB games during the week – that frees up more options, and more teams to be spotlighted on Fox.

In fact, guess which two teams, other than the Red Sox, are scheduled to make a maximum of nine Saturday appearances on Fox? If you guessed the Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds, then you likely cheated and read Fox’s post in full before reaching this point.

Still, the fact that there is going to be even more Yankees/Red Sox action on Fox this year than usual, given the hardships and changes that both clubs will be facing this season, just proves my point that Fox really likes the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry.

They like it a lock.

Mike Francesa Rips Bully At Yankee Game (Audio)

WFAN’s Mike Francesa complained about how he went to a Yankee game days after his infamous sleep-inducing interview, and endured a heckler harassing him “for nine innings… He rode me the whole game.”

The high point of 2012 for Mike Francesa was being named the number one personality on the first-ever “sports talk heavy hundred” list compiled by Talkers Magazine, which presents its popular “heavy hundred” list of regular radio talk show hosts each year.

And without question, the lowest point of the year for the WFAN/New York late midday/afternoon drive host was when YES Network cameras caught him sleeping during a segment.

Despite the clip going viral, and now fielding crank calls on his radio show jibing him about it on a regular basis as a result, Francesa still has his head held high and continues living his life off the air in the public eye.

On his radio show on Thursday, he confessed of an incident stemming from his big sleep, that lasted as long as a Yankee game.

In fact, it took place during a Yankee game.

Francesa recalled going to a game at Yankee Stadium, just days after his schmooze-and-snooze interview with Sweeny Murti, which would place him on the weekend of September 14-16, when the Yankees hosted the Tampa Bay Rays. (We’re guessing it was the Friday night game, when the Yankees lost; Francesa can be home team kryptonite.)

“There was a guy three rows behind me,” Francesa said. “He killed me for the whole game… He gave it to me for nine innings… He gave it to me… He rode me the whole game.”

Given the unique confrontational style that we’ve come to know from Francesa, one would expect him to react to the fan at the Yankee game – which could possibly turn into a bigger story about him than the one a few days before.

But Francesa took his lumps like a man, not once turning around to look at his heckler, or send his friend/driver Julio over to straighten him out.

“It comes with the territory,” he said. “It’s part of the deal, if you’re a public person.”

He also made it a point to be as conspicuous as possible during that week in September, just so he can put the fallout over him falling asleep behind him.

“I purposely didn’t go hide that week,” Francesa revealed to listeners. “I went out, because I said, ‘You know, I gotta get this over with.’

“That was an easy one,” he said of his decision to go to a Yankee game, and the vulnerability it presents after having fallen asleep during a tet-a-tet with Murti, WFAN’s resident Yankees reporter. “I knew it was gonna happen.”

Francesa added that it would be a different situation if the fan got testy with the host, or if members of Francesa’s family accompanied him to the game. “I don’t think my kids should be subjected to that,” he said.

And considering how he fell asleep on the air again in recent weeks, there’s not as much of a buzz as there was with the original. Now, had he exploded on the taunting Yankee fan, people might be looking at that second on-air snooze a little differently.

Hear the entire three-minute diatribe here:

And once Mike Francesa confessed about the time he was heckled at Yankee Stadium, the first thought that came to a lot of people’s minds was: How come no video of the fan heckling Mike Francesa exists?

But if Francesa says it, then it must be true… or is it?

Baby Boom For Michael Kay

Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay is going to be a father. His wife Jodi Applegate broke the news on her husband’s radio show that she is en ceinte with the couple’s first child, a girl, due in January.

There’s a little one in the on deck circle of Michael Kay’s family.

The New York Yankees play-by-play broadcaster on YES Network who moonlights as a talk show host on WEPN/”ESPN 98.7″ in New York welcomed a special guest on his afternoon drive radio broadcast on Tuesday afternoon – with some special news.

Jodi Applegate, the anchor of the 10 PM newscast on WPIX/New York who married Kay in February 2011, revealed that she’s expecting.

“Got a little baby ready to join us in January,” Applegate said during a “game” Kay and his radio cohort, Don LaGreca, played quizzing the males on who knows Applegate best. Hear the audio of the segment here.

“We kind of kept it quiet for a long time,” Applegate told listeners. “But now it can be told. We can’t wait.”

The gender of the child was confirmed to be a girl later in the show.

And yes, he’ll be ecstatic even if his child grows up to be a Mets fan.”

“I don’t care what team my kid roots for,” Kay said.

Congratulations to Michael and Jodi on their new arrival.

“I couldn’t have done it without you,” Jodi Applegate told her husband.

To which Michael Kay replied: “Literally.”

We can only hope his attention to his own kid will be completely different to the attention he gave a kid on Twitter not too long ago.

Audio: 66 WFAN Starts On 101.9 FM

This aircheck consists of the end of the alternative music format on WRXP (“New Rock 101.9”) – the final song being Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye” – and the start of the simulcast of Sports Radio 66 WFAN, via a CBS Radio local marketing agreement with Merlin Media.

http://www.1027wnew.com/WRXP_Becomes_WFANFM.mp3

Trivia: The first voice heard on WFAN on FM was… Steve Somers, at three minutes to midnight, bringing Suzyn Waldman on the phone, so that she can be the first official voice of the station on the FM dial. “Didn’t we do this once before?”, she joked. After a drumroll, she gave the first ID of the simulcasting stations (the legal ID would follow later). Afterward, Somers asked Waldman, the color commentator of New York Yankees radio broadcasts: “I haven’t heard you on the radio since October; I wonder what happened.” Waldman says that she, like many others in Westchester, have no power as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which the two went on to talk about for a few minutes. So the first topic discussed on the new 101.9 FM WFAN was – not the Yankees, not the Giants, but Hurricane Sandy – which forced the postponement of what would have been the first-ever game played by the Nets in Brooklyn. It does not, however, appear to deter the running of the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Waldman called the thought of people “celebrating… with little numbers on your chest” during the race “appalling.” By the way, “Mo from Brooklyn” was the first WFAN caller in frequency modulation. (As you’ll hear, two out of the first five calls taken on FM are dropped calls.) And toward the end, you’ll hear the first new WFAN jingle.

More trivia: The songs preceding “Last Goodbye” on the old format were Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”, Semisonic’s “Closing Time” and the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” (which may have been a good song to enter the new format with, had the Nets won their home opener – had it been played on Thursday night).

Download here:

http://www.1027wnew.com/WRXP_Becomes_WFANFM.mp3

Derek Jeter On Bayless HGH Speculation: "Maybe Skip Should Be Tested"

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (shown here with FOX's Erin Andrews at this year's All-Star Game; photo credit: Big Lead Sports) effectively laughed off ESPN's Skip Bayless' "wondering" about the Bombers captain using steroids. "Maybe Skip should be tested," Jeter joked.

ESPN2’s “First Take” program has grown into somewhat of a phenomenon. So much so that the network recently reformatted the program completely around the show’s two master debaters, Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith.

One thing about debate-driven programs – specifically one such as “First Take” which has ten hours of content to fill each week – is that there will occasionally be an opinion that will light up the Internet and send the country up in arms.

So on Wednesday, Bayless took a break from talking about Tim Tebow for eight minutes and gave observations about what a remarkable season shortstop Derek “Yankee For Life” Jeter is having – perhaps too remarkable.

“I am shocked about what I’m seeing from Derek Jeter right now,” Bayless said. “You would have to have your head in the sand – or your head somewhere else – to not at least wonder: how is he doing this? … How can I not wonder, is he using something?” He added that Jeter looks “stronger” and “a little quicker” for a 38-year-old athlete in Bayless’ eyes.

And while, Bayless, for his part, stopped short of pointing a finger at Jeter and claiming he was using HGH, he linked a quote from BALCO founder Victor Conte to this discussion – something that really didn’t sit well with Skip’s co-host.

Here’s video of the debate (including Smith’s over-the-top “good cop” performance):

Anyway, moments before Wednesday night’s tilt between the Yankees and the White Sox in Chicago, No. 2 was asked for his thoughts on Bayless’ open wondering that Jeter might be juicing.

“What do you want me to say?”, Jeter said. “You can say whatever you want to say now… Whenever you have people that anytime you bring something like this to light with guys that are doing things, it’s like, now you have everybody questioning everything. That’s the unfortunate thing… There’s no repercussions.

“I ain’t getting involved with this, man,” Jeter vowed, before voicing one suggestion: “Maybe Skip should be tested. I don’t know him, but…”

The class act that Jeter is, we knew he would waste absolutely zero energy worrying about the class clown that is Bayless. His response was cool, calm and true – with a “tit-for-tat” zinger at the end of it.

Perhaps Skip Bayless should take Derek Jeter up on his offer – and get tested live on “First Take”.

If not for human growth hormones, then maybe a lie detector test will do.

Video: Tim McCarver Mocks Locks Of Love

Fox's Tim McCarver may be in locks of trouble after making fun of Locks Of Love during a Yankees/Red Sox broadcast. The cancer charity was mentioned because former Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald, upon joining the Yankees, cut off his dreadlocks.

If you were watching the Yankees/Red Sox game on Saturday night, you may have caught quite a conversation out of left field.

During coverage of the game as part of the final night of the first season of FOX’s “Baseball Night In America”, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (what were you expecting them to call, the Rangers/Twins game?) were so mesmerized by the dreadlocks of Yankees outfielder Darnell McDonald – the team claimed him off waivers from the Red Sox and he happened to be making his debut against his former team – that the duo somehow sauntered into a discussion about Locks Of Love.

Here’s what happened: Buck discussed how McDonald’s had to take his dreadlocks off, because, of course, part of the Yankees dress code is no facial hair below the ears. When the Fox crew showed a photo of McDonald’s dreadlocks in a Ziploc bag, McCarver could clearly be heard laughing. Hysterically, I might add.

“What in the world are you going to do with those,” McCarver asked? “He said he might sell them to charity — what charity would buy that?”

At that point, Buck started schooling McCarver about Locks Of Love, an explanation that was derailed by a passed ball by the Red Sox, advancing Yankees runners on base.

After the play, Buck just said, “Locks of Love, I would imagine, is going to get the bag of hair from Darnell McDonald.”

Anyway, since Buck failed to elaborate on the charity’s  mission, I will: Locks Of Love, according to their website, “is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.”

Diagnoses like, you know, cancer.

I bet if McCarver had any idea whatsoever, he wouldn’t have laughingly wondered, “How much business does Locks Of Love have?”

And a news flash to Joe Buck, who I’m sure had to be biting his tongue during this uncomfortable exchange: according to the Locks Of Love website, dreadlocks cannot be accepted. “Our manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.”

Now that’s funny, Timmy!

By the way, at the top of the fifth inning, McCarver apologized for his ill-informed comments – and laughter – regarding Locks Of Love a few innings earlier… Here’s full text of McCarver’s apology: “We were kidding about Darnell McDonald’s locks earlier, and we talked about the Locks Of Love. We were by no means — I was by no means taking that wonderful organization lightly. It is a terrific organization that does a world of good, furnishing hair for cancer patients.”

Note how after talking about how “we” talked about McDonald’s dreadlocks, he went on to say “we were by no means,” then quickly caught himself to say, “I was by no means…” Of course, it should be noted that the word “sorry” was never uttered.

Was Tim McCarver out of line? Watch the video and judge for yourself.

And just for good measure, here’s some instant Twitter reaction from dozens of viewers upon hearing McCarver mocking Locks Of Love.