WFAN host Steve Somers invited John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune onto his show to explain why he was the lone baseball writer not to give National League Cy Young Award winner New York Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom a first-place vote.
The “interview” didn’t go well.
A clearly perturbed Somers kicked the interview off asking “John, can you look at yourself in the mirror?”
“Can I? Absolutely,” Maffeishot back.
“No, no no no. You’re looking for 15 minutes of fame and attention –” Somers began before Maffei cut in.
“This interview’s over. Thank you. Goodbye,” said Maffei, before hanging up. The debate lasted a grand total of 20 seconds.
“What?” asked a now-flummoxed Somers, before joshing it was “one of my better interviews.” Somers then chided Maffei, asking “Where’s this guy’s sense of humor? Taking [it] a little bit too seriously don’t you think? I can’t believe that.”
If you weren’t listening to nighttime Big Apple sports talk, Sports radio watchdog @BackAftaThis captured the moment and shared it on Twitter:
Steve Somers interviews John Maffei of the San Diego Union Tribune, the only baseball writer who did not deem Jacob deGrom worthy of his first-place vote for the Cy Young award. The interview was over in record time. pic.twitter.com/9lkb0FrLSU
— Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) November 15, 2018
Maffei, who has covered sports for the Union-Tribune since 2012, gave his first-place vote to Max Scherzer, in case you were wondering.
It’s been an eventful week for WFAN. Mike Francesa, the station’s top dog, was lambasted for his remarkably unmoving tribute to comic book icon Stan Lee earlier in the week.