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Veteran play announcer and the voice of the new york yankeesMichael Kay, turned down an offer to cover Friday night’s potentially historic game against the Boston Red Sox amid reports that Yankee Entertainment and Sports Network (YES) is trying to strike a simulcast deal with Apple TV+ in anticipation of Aaron Judge’s 61st day. home run of the season.
Apple TV+ has reportedly turned down an offer from YES to broadcast Friday’s game against the Red Sox, an offer that included Kay, David Cone, Paul O’Neill and its own production to support the broadcast. New York Post first reported on Thursday.
While the offer does not appear to be under consideration at this time, Key said in a statement to Front Office Sports that he is opposed to a game-covering deal out of respect for Apple announcer Steven Nelson.
“I told my superiors at YES that it was better not to do that [play-by-play] on Apple because it wouldn’t be right for Stephen Nelson. There is no way I would want anyone to have big feet and lose their gig for the night. It wouldn’t feel right if I did.” I read his statement to the publication.
“I am very pleased with this Yankees and Yankees fans wanted me to call but I just didn’t feel right. It would hurt me if that happened to me, and although I don’t really know Stephen, I respect his position and he has earned the right to stop the game.”
Umpire approaching one season of American League Roger Maris record of 61 home runs, failed to reach the goal during Thursday night’s broadcast, meaning fans will have to tune in to Apple TV+ to see if it equals the record on Friday.
According to MLB.com, fans do not need a subscription to watch “Friday Night Baseball.” Viewers can access the game for free through either the Apple TV app or the MLB.TV app. They can also access the game through the Apple TV website by using their own Apple ID or by creating one.
However, fans who are used to watching their favorite team on the YES network will definitely not like it.
“Having been one of the voices of the Yankees for 31 years, I’ve certainly had no shortage of opportunities to mark important moments. If I miss this one, I’ll be disappointed, but certainly not enough to take anybody’s job,” Kay told Front Office Sports.
Although Judge fell short of tying the record Thursday, the Yankees clinched a playoff spot with 5-4 win over Boston. If he fails to hit again on Friday, Yankees fans will be able to tune in Saturday on the YES Network.