On June 3, 2003, the Yankees held a news conference announcing that Derek Jeter was being named team captain.
Neither Mike Francesa nor Chris “Mad Dog” Russo believed it was that big of a deal.
“I guess it’s noteworthy because it’s the Yankee captain, but … to me, he’s been the captain since he got here,” Francesa said.
“The Yankees gotta take a chill pill,” Mad Dog said. “Nobody cares.
“It doesn’t mean anything who’s the silly captain on the Yankees,” he continued. “It means nothing whatsoever.”
The Yankees then called in to dispute the assertion that they were calling it a “major” news conference, and Russo started to back down from his criticism of the team.