Haldeman & Ehrlichman. Seitrich & Doskocil. Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. You can add to that pantheon of dynamic duos Mike Francesca and former partner in rhetorical crime, Chris Russo, who according to Newsday’s Neil Best, are getting the band back together, if only for a day (link courtesy Maura Johnston)
With the Yankees back in the ALCS, just like old times, the buildup to tonight’s Game 1 will include a nostalgic media touch: a mini-reunion of “Mike and the Mad Dog” on WFAN.
Just after 1 p.m., Chris Russo is scheduled to visit Mike Francesa’s “Mike’d Up,” Russo’s first appearance on his old station in the 14 months since he and Francesa parted ways, ending a 19-year partnership.
Francesa is to return the favor at about 6:30 p.m. with a guest appearance on Russo’s “Mad Dog Unleashed” on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
The joint appearances won’t be the first for the old duo. Last night, Francesa called in to Russo’s show as a surprise guest as part of the celebration of Russo’s 50th birthday, which is Sunday.
The two spoke for 12 minutes, mostly about the baseball playoffs, falling comfortably into their old pattern of sports banter. The only reference to their changed circumstances came about a minute in, when Francesa took a gentle poke at Russo’s lower visibility among New York-area fans, saying, “What happened to you now that you’re 50?”
Russo laughed and said, “That’s a good point. Where did I go?”