Yankees TV voice Michael Kay went on a rant on Monday over the team’s four game sweep at the hands of the Red Sox. Calling into his own radio show on ESPN Radio New York which was also simulcast on YES, Kay lashed out at the team’s performance and lack of depth which came into play last weekend as the Bronx Bombers came into Boston hoping to cut into a 5½ game deficit in the AL East and leaving 9½ games back:
“… you know, shame on the Yankees for not having the depth, but again, shame on the Yankees for not having depth, but again, shame on guys like Jacoby Ellsbury for not getting healthy. Shame on Clint Frazier for not getting healthy. You can’t make them get healthy, but if those guys are available, it’s completely different.”
Now, you see where this is going. Kay ripping into guys who are hurt and not being available. As for Frazier, he has been dealing with post-concussive issues that has left him out of the lineup for most of the season.
That didn’t sit well some fans, but Kay was having none of it saying he wasn’t actually being serious.
You know I was being facetious, right? https://t.co/bUZcZwzYXi
— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) August 6, 2018
Frazier got wind of the comments and fired back:
.@RealMichaelKay facetious or not, I don’t appreciate what you said today. i’m doing everything I can to get healthy so I can play symptom free … so steer clear of publicly calling me out for not when we haven’t even had one convo about my concussion this year. #ShameOnYouBro
— Clint Frazier (@clintfrazier) August 7, 2018
Concussions and their effects are serious as we have seen in the NFL and NHL. Frazier is following medical protocol and has only played 15 games this season after suffering a concussion in spring training back in February and being pulled from a Triple-A stint last month for suffering concussion symptoms after diving for a ball.
Could the Yankees use Frazier? Of course, but a concussion is no laughing matter. As the Yankees’ TV voice and talk show host, Kay has a big platform and his comments about the team get magnified. However, he will likely have a talk with Frazier to clear this up.