Yankees’ broadcaster Michael Kay turns down offer to cover Apple’s potentially historic game for Aaron Judge

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Senior Field Announcer and voice of the new york yankeesMichael Kay rejected an offer to cover Friday night’s potentially historic game against the Boston Red Sox amid reports that Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES) is working on a deal with Apple TV+ in anticipation of Aaron Judge’s Game 61 The game’s home run this season.

Apple TV+ reportedly turned down an offer from YES to broadcast Friday’s game against the Red Sox — which included Kay, David Cone, Paul O’Neill and their own productions to support the broadcast, New York Post First reported Thursday.

No. 99 Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees celebrates two home runs from teammate Giancarlo Stanton in the sixth inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on September 22, 2022 in New York City .

No. 99 Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees celebrates two home runs from teammate Giancarlo Stanton in the sixth inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on September 22, 2022 in New York City .
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While the proposal does not appear to be on the table at the moment, Kay said in a statement to Front Office Sports that he opposed a deal that would cover the game out of respect for Apple’s game-by-play announcer Stephen Nelson.

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“I told my boss on YES I’d rather not do it [play-by-play] At Apple, because it doesn’t fit Stephen Nelson. I would never want to slap someone and make him lose his gig. I don’t think it’s the right thing to do,” His statement to the media was read.

“I feel very flattered yankees and yankees fans Wants me to call, but I just don’t feel right. If this happened to me, I would be hurt, and while I don’t really know Stephen, I respect his position and he won the game. “

Michael Kay (left) and Al Wright (right) host Roger Clemens (center) at the YES booth during Unofficial Rocket Day in the Bronx. Clemens just signed an $18 million contract to pitch for the rest of the 2007 season for the Yankees.

Michael Kay (left) and Al Wright (right) host Roger Clemens (center) at the YES booth during Unofficial Rocket Day in the Bronx. Clemens just signed an $18 million contract to pitch for the rest of the 2007 season for the Yankees.
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Judge, approaching Roger Maris’ single season of the American League A record of 61 home runs, The miss on Thursday’s evening broadcast means fans will have to tune into Apple TV+ to see if he ties the record on Friday.

According to MLB.com, fans don’t need a subscription to watch “Friday Night Baseball.” Viewers can access the game for free through the Apple TV app or the MLB.TV app. They can also use their Apple ID or create one to access the game through the Apple TV website.

Still, fans accustomed to watching their favorite teams on the YES Network certainly won’t like it.

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​​“As one of the Yankees spokesmen for 31 years, I certainly have no shortage of opportunities to summon big moments. If I miss that opportunity, I’ll be disappointed, but certainly not enough to take on someone’s assignment,” Kay told Front Office Sports .

No. 99 Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees hits the ball in the 6th inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City on September 20, 2022.

No. 99 Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees hits the ball in the 6th inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City on September 20, 2022.
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Though judge failed to tie record on Thursday, Yankees won 5-4 victory over Boston. If he fails to hit the target again on Friday, Yankees fans will be able to tune in on the YES network on Saturday.

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