Short of following the recent Milton Bradley / Lt. Dangle spat, I’m not sure there could be a dispute more difficult from which to choose sides than the Phil Mushnick / Michael Kay war of words. From the former’s NY Post column on Friday :

Jorge Posada batted in the fourth inning Monday, Michael Kay, calling the game on YES, grew indignant.

Posada, the previous game, Kay told us, had a ground-rule double, his 1,000th career hit. But ” and get this, folks ” the fan who caught the ball wanted $20,000 for it. Imagine! Kay mocked the greedy creep, told how Posada essentially told the guy to take a hike and made other what has the sports world come to? noises.

Kay even cracked that the “fan” should try his luck on e-Bay.

“Now,” said Kay, as if Aesop, on his deathbed, had beseeched Kay to carry on, “he’s got a baseball worth $8.”

Yeah, what a jerk.

In December, you might recall, Kay, on his ESPN Radio show, advertised and endorsed an autograph session that would star Alex Rodriguez and that paramount of baseball virtue, Barry Bonds. Kay also seemed mighty proud of the fact that he had been selected ” hired ” to host that session. And the cost of admission was only $7,500 per person.

And when Kay took heat in this column for lending (leasing) his name, presence and reputation to such a pig roast, he didn’t take it well. He hollered that he was comfortable with his decision and loudly rationalized that the Rodriguez/Bonds gig would pay him more for one night’s work than sportswriters “make in a week!

We made the point then; we’ll make it again. You can’t hop on the greed train, then make believe it was an accident, that you tripped and fell up a flight of stairs.

When Kay accepted that ugly gig ” and he had enthusiastically voiced commercials for high-priced autographed stuff prior to that ” he painted himself in. For whatever his financial take, it wasn’t worth it; there would be too many times when he’d either have to ignore the tidal wave of greed ” and no credible sports commentator would do that ” or grow inured to his hypocrisy.

Some creep held Jorge Posada’s 1,000th hit baseball ” an $8 ball ” for ransom? The nerve!

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