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Veteran play-by-play announcer and 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 the Yankee Entertainment and Sports Network (YES) was working on a deal to simulcast the game with Apple TV+ before Aaron’s 61 Judge. home run of the season.
Apple TV+ has reportedly rejected an offer from YES to broadcast Friday’s game against the Red Sox – a bid that included Kay, David Cone, Paul O’Neill and its own production to support the broadcast, the New York Post first reported Thursday.
While the offer is apparently off the table for now, Kay said in a statement to Front Office Sports that he is opposed to a deal covering the game out of respect for Apple’s play-by-play announcer Stephen Nelson.
“I told my bosses at YES that I’d rather not do the [play-by-play] on Apple because it wouldn’t be right to Stephen Nelson. There is no way I would want to trick someone and have them lose their gig for the night. I wouldn’t feel right doing it,” his statement to the outlet read.
“I’m very flattered by that the Yankees and Yankee fans wanted me to make the call, but I just didn’t feel right about it. I would be hurt if it happened to me, and even though I don’t really know Stephen, I respect his position and he’s earned the right to call the game.”
Judge, who is approaching Roger Maris’ American League single season record 61 home runs, failed to hit the mark during Thursday’s nightly broadcast, meaning fans will have to tune in to Apple TV+ to see if he ties 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 via either the Apple TV app or the MLB.TV app. They can also access the game through the Apple TV website using their own Apple ID or by creating one.
However, fans used to watching their favorite team on the YES Network will definitely not like it.
“Being one of the Yankees’ voices for 31 years, I’ve certainly had no shortage of opportunities to call big moments. If I miss this one, I’ll be disappointed but certainly not enough to take somebody’s job,” Kay told Front Office Sports.
While Judge didn’t tie the record Thursday, the Yankees clinched a playoff spot with 5-4 win over Boston. If he fails to hit the mark again on Friday, Yankees fans will be able to tune in Saturday on the YES Network.