Heavyweight bout on the WIP Morning Show.
Fighting out of the red corner, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it’s THE KING, Howard Eskin!
And fighting out of the blue corner, from Providence, Rhode Island, a lifelong Yankees supporter and the the self-proclaimed voice of the Philadelphia sports fan, it’s Angelo Cataldi!
Today Howard did a five-minute segment on Angelo’s show, a segment that ended with Angelo hanging up on him. The beef, which was probably fake and/or exaggerated, stems from Angelo being unhappy with Howard ripping him on Saturday for last week’s Gabe Kapler trainwreck interview.
Angelo opened the segment by shredding Howard for getting the Malcolm Jenkins minicamp scoop wrong, so +1 to Cataldi for that.
Then we got this exchange:
Cataldi: I don’t need you on this show, you understand that? I put you on this show to show respect for you, then you take two hours Saturday to completely demean somebody who has 30 years served this city. I resent you but I still put you on. Now if you’re going in this direction do it on somebody else’s show.
Eskin: That’s fine, but you want to address it and I will tell you how I addressed it. I let the fans decide, because you said you were the voice of the fans.
Eskin: I let the fans have an opinion about what transpired in that Gabe Kapler interview last week, because you said you were the voice of the fans right?
More nonsense after the jump:
Cataldi: Here’s what I did Howard, and I invite you to do it too, because I don’t know of any other talk show host in a major city in America that has done this for the last three months, and all of the people who have participated in it will back me up. My personal email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to email me and get a personal email every single day. I spoke to over 650 people since the Gabe Kapler interview and way over 500 said we need more of that. That’s what you do, is hold our people to the fire when they’re in the middle of a controversy. Howard, I invite you right now to give out your email address so everybody who listens to this show can email you and tell you how they really feel. How bout you do that?
<Eskin tries to responds while Cataldi talks over him>
Eskin: I’m not gonna give my email address –
Cataldi: Then clearly you don’t want to give the same commitment that I do, isn’t that true?
<more yelling and nonsense>
Cataldi: I got 600 (emails) in three days. I want you to do that, or you can’t be the real spokesman of this city if you’re not willing to make that commitment.
Eskin: I didn’t say I was the real spokesman of this city. I never made that analogy or commitment. I am not the person of the city. I respond to people –
Cataldi: When you call yourself “the king,” what does that mean?
Eskin: I do not call myself the king. I never named myself the king. It was somebody else that named myself the king. Not me.
Cataldi: This is not going – I wanted to talk sports with you but I’m not gonna waste my time anymore. You know what? I’m done with you. I’m done with you. 888-729-9494, let’s go to Lamont..
Brilliant bit of acting there from Angelo, who just talked over Eskin the entire time. The other guy can’t respond if you do all of the talking.
Angelo also does not understand that the majority of people who email him at email@example.com are HIS LISTENERS AND THEREFORE WILL AGREE WITH WHAT HE HAS TO SAY.
But Cataldi already knew that because he’s a brilliant showman and bullshitter.
Full audio here:
BTW, these two had some fake/maybe not fake beef this winter regarding the Bryce Harper stuff. Remember these tweets? –
In response to his insulting tweet yesterday after my entirely true story about the Bryce Harper negotiations, I must tell the truth about Howard Eskin. He is a hopeless lapdog for any local sports organization that will pay him any attention. It’s war, Howard. Screw you.
— Angelo Cataldi (@AngeloCataldi) February 27, 2019
“Insulting” tweet in question:
What is the hang up with Bryce Harper and the #Phillies. Now that everybody in Philadelphia has whined all day about what was reported as the holdup with a deal, I can tell you for a fact, and by a rock solid source, it has nothing to do with a 3 year opt out or any opt out.
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) February 26, 2019