Yankees announcer Michael Kay accuses Cliff Lee of cheating

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cliff Lee throws against the New York Yankees in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington, Texas August 11, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

With the Yankees set to take on the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALCS in a matter of hours, it stands to reason that they should be mentally focused and prepared for their mission ahead.

So it only makes sense for one of their TV announcers to open his mouth and accuse their opponent’s ace of cheating.

From the New York Daily News:

The lead singer of the chorus, the loudest yodeler, is Michael Kay, the television voice of the Yankees who also hosts a show on ESPN-1050. Kay’s association with the Bombers brings added significance to the controversy.

Kay insists the combination of resin on Lee’s hat and the pitcher’s sweat produces a “tackiness,” making it easier to grip the ball. “I would think that’s illegal,” Kay said on 1050 Wednesday. “If I’m Joe Girardi, I’m telling the umpires he (Lee) has got to wear another hat.”

“I would think that’s illegal.” What Kay meant to say is he thinks Lee is cheating.

This is pretty smart on Kay’s part, as he’s probably managed to piss off the Rangers and distract the Yankees all in one fell swoop. His comments also won’t do New York’s front office any favors when they try to woo Lee this winter when the pitcher becomes a free agent.

Well done, Mikey.

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