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YES says no to postgames

Blue Jays 10, Yankees 4 September 15,

Blue Jays 10, Yankees 4

September 15, 2009

Summary: The Yankees turned a ho-hum loss into a big back-page story when a brawl broke out in the bottom of the eighth inning -- with Jorge Posada right in the middle of it. Posada bumped Blue Jays reliever Jesse Carlson when he crossed home after Carlson threw behind him earlier in the inning. It was apparently retaliation for the Yankees plunking two Jays earlier in the game. Roy Halladay -- backed by five homers -- continued his dominance of the Yankees in picking up the win.

Key stat: Yankees starter Sergio Mitre (3-3, 7.63) who allowed seven runs in five-plus innings.

Yankees' record: 93-53 (Credit: John Dunn)

YES' programming before and after Yankees games is first-rate and very popular, with ratings up 33 percent for its "Batting Practice" show, 29 for pregames and 7 for postgames compared to this point last season.

But that success has led viewers to expect such coverage, causing frustration when the majority of games on My9, Fox and ESPN are not followed by postgames on YES.

Latest example: Tuesday, when it did not cover the brawl with the Blue Jays seen on My9. (Earlier this year, the game against the Mets in which Mariano Rivera recorded his 500th save was seen on ESPN and not followed by a YES postgame.)

The Yankees are the primary reason for YES' existence, so it should be all over the aftermath of every game, regardless of the network it appeared on or the opponent.

“We’ve had more pre- and post-game shows for those [non-YES] games than in previous years, and we are heading in that direction,’’ spokesman Eric Handler said.

(For example, YES offered an extra postgame when Derek Jeter was near the team hits record).

Handler would not say whether YES would cover all games in the future or specify why YES does not cover every game now, as SNY began doing this season.

Here’s a hint: money. (Duh!)

To produce 162 postgames, YES would have to fire up its studio when it otherwise would have been dark, which is quite expensive.

SNY’s added costs are not as daunting because its studio already is live each day for news shows.

Photo: John Dunn

Tags: YES , Yankees

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