The non-coverage of Derek Jeter’s six errors through the first two weeks of the season is a subject I’d love to get into. However, I want to wait on the Jeter issue to see if it
actually does become a story beyond the statistics table. Will any writers or broadcasters call him out and question his defensive ability? (I’ll be surprised if Steven Goldman doesn’t mention the Jeter situation in the Pinstriped Bible tomorrow).
So, with the first round of Yankees-Red Sox games taking place this weekend, I figured this would be a good time to bring the banter fully to you the readers and get an informal poll of which team has the better mainstream and blog coverage.
TV Yankees: YES Red Sox: NESN
YES play-by-play: Michael Kay NESN play-by-play: Don Orsillo
YES analysts: Ken Singleton, Joe Girardi, Al Leiter, John Flaherty, Paul O’Neill, Dave Justice NESN analysts: Jerry Remy, Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Dave McCarty
YES field reporter: Kim Jones NESN field reporter: Tina Cervasio (who used to voice the show “Running” on YES, and auditioned for the field reporter job that eventually went to Jones)
YES studio host: Bob Lorenz, Nancy Newman (backup), Chris Shearn (Batting Practice) NESN studio host: Tom Caron, Hazel Mae (rewind), Kathryn Tappen (weekends)
TV NETWORK WEB SITES Yankees: yesnetwork.com
Red Sox: boston.com/sports/nesn
MLB.COM OFFICIAL SITES Yankees: yankees.com Red Sox: redsox.com
RADIO Yankees: WCBS 880-AM Red Sox: WEEI 850-AM
Yankees radio team: John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman Red Sox radio team: Joe Castiglione, Dave O’Brien, Glenn Geffner
--> Geffner is the the team’s former media relations/PR head
NEWSPAPERS Yankees: NY Daily News, NY Post, New York Times, Newsday, Journal News, Newark Star-Ledger, Bergen Record, Hartford Courant, New Haven Register
--> Alternates – Times Herald-Record, Staten Island Advance, New York Sun, Village Voice, AM New York
Red Sox: Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Providence Journal, Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, Connecticut Post, Portland Press Herald, Concord Monitor, Nashua Telegraph, Manchester Union-Leader, Springfield Union-News, Worcester Telegram, Quincy Patriot-Ledger, Woonsocket Call
BLOGS See sidebar
LITTLE KNOWN FACT During each regular season Yankees-Red Sox series, the beat writers and columnists for the two teams play a game against each other at the ballpark. The writers get very stoked for this. They talk about it for weeks and discuss their exploits prior to that particular night's real game between the Yanks and Sox. The New York crew has a secret weapon: Bob Klapisch, who pitched at Columbia University.
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Which group of media serves its audience best? Which group of writers and/or broadcasters provides the most comprehensive, intelligent, and provocative coverage? I’ll join in the discussion when I can throughout the week. We can discuss it in more detail next week, when the aftermath of the three-game set at Fenway has dissipated somewhat.