Michael Kayisms: "Rally in Their Bones"

Monday, June 29, 2009

We at Michael Kay's Successors have decided to do a new segment. We will do it every off-day and try to do it weekly. It will be on the less intelligent things Kay says in a game, or his phrases he has made famous to Yankees fans, which we will call "Kayisms." The purpose of these posts are to discuss how annoying and pointless these constant phrases really are, and to give the readers something entertaining to read on a slow Yankees baseball day.

We know there are many fans who will shake their head in disappointment and roll their eyes to the things Michael Kay says on air. From his his loud, ear-bleeding cackle to his home-run calling "See Ya's!" we set to ponder why he does such things and what he could do instead. At the very end of this segment (which we have no idea when that will be) we will have a poll on which Kayism is the most annoying. (Also vote on our latest poll on the right)

Today's Kayism: "Do the Yankees have a rally in their bones?"

We start out with this particular phrase because the 2009 season is quickly becoming the "rally in their bones" season for Michael Kay. With the Yankees major-league leading 23 come-from-behind victories, Kay's use of this phrase has become more and more prevalent. Very rarely does he not say this after the eighth inning in games the Yankees trail. Then one day Jim asked me, "what exactly does rally in their bones even mean?"

I gave him my best translation: "Do the Yankees have a rally in them?"

This would seem to make more sense and Jim agreed. But then he followed up with the tough part of the question, "Why bones then?"

Honestly, I have no clue. I mean think about it. Have you ever heard another announcer say that? Or a Little League coach say that when the team is down and needs a rally? I know I haven't. We looked it up to see if it was a real phrase and it is not. It is just something Kay totally made up on his own. It is probably one of the most nonsensical things I have ever heard said. I mean do they have a rally in their bones? Who the heck comes up with this stuff? And then the worst part is he beats that phrase into the ground more often than ESPN does Brett Favre stories.

I don't know what Kay is aiming for by saying this. Is he trying to be funny? clever? It has certainly gotten annoying. Maybe he just wants to come up with his own original phrases. Whatever the reason is, its caught our attention and has been added to the list of Kayisms.

So Yankees do us all a favor, and get out to leads early in the game, so we keep the ridiculous things Kay says down to a minimum.


Anonymous,  June 29, 2009 at 8:01 PM  

my personal favorites:

"Murphy's Law"
"last licks"
"ohhhhhhhh what a play by ___"

and just the random tangents they all go off on like about sandy koufax and other players from the past i just don't care about.

Jim Geant June 30, 2009 at 4:44 PM  

He had definitely been waiting to use the Murphy's Law line since the first game against the mets.

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