Friday’s Mashup: Mike Francesa departs afternoon drive on WFAN (again) after over 30 years

Lucy Burdge
December 06, 2019 - 7:10 am
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Nuggets at Celtics, 8 p.m. (ESPN, NBCSB)

AROUND THE WEB: 

-- Mike Francesa is set to leave afternoon drive on WFAN on Friday after over 30 years as the host of that time slot. 

Those years included a four-month retirement in 2017. 

According to Andrew Marchand, Francesa is expected to continue with a half-hour daily appearance at 6 p.m. on WFAN next year and will contribute to Radio.com. 

Francesa announced last month he will leave afternoon drive for a second time. 

Marchand also reported last week Francesa is on pace to lose the fall ratings book to Michael Kay and Francesa told Neil Best it would take a “miracle” to beat Kay. 

WFAN has yet to name a replacement show for afternoon drive. 

-- The Red Sox traded Sandy Leon to the Indians on Monday and Leon posted a heartfelt thank you to Boston fans on Instagram. 

Hoy quiero darle gracias a Dios por todo lo que me ha permitido vivir en estos últimos 5 años, los cuales han sido llenos de cosas inimaginables para mi familia y para mi. Quiero darle gracias a los @redsox por haberme dado la oportunidad de ser parte de su organización. Fueron como una familia extendida. Les agradezco haber sido parte de mi carrera. Viviré agradecido de ustedes. También quiero dar gracias muy especiales a los fanáticos de Boston ¡SON LOS MEJORES! Gracias por cada palabra de aliento en cada partido. Gracias por mostrarme cómo se puede amar a un equipo. Hoy estoy convencido que todo lo aprendido y vivido en los @redsox será fundamental para lo que Dios me permita vivir en los próximos años con los @indians GRACIAS POR TODO @redsox GRACIAS REDSOX FANS. Eternamente agradecido. -------- • • • Today, I thank God for everything he allowed me to live these past five years. They were filled with unimaginable joy for me and my family. I want to thank the @redsox for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their organization. You were an extended family during that time. Thank you for being a part of my career. I will live in appreciation of the team. I also want to thank the Boston fans. You guys are the best! Thank you for every encouraging word during each game. Thank you for showing what true passion for a club is. Today, I am convinced that everything I learned and lived during my time with the @redsox will be fundamental for whatever God has in store for me with the @indians Thank you Red Sox and Red Sox fans. Eternally grateful. ----

A post shared by Sandy Leon (@sandyleon41) on

Today, I thank God for everything he allowed me to live these past five years,” the caption reads in English and in Spanish. “They were filled with unimaginable joy for me and my family. I want to thank the @redsox for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their organization. You were an extended family during that time. Thank you for being a part of my career. I will live in appreciation of the team. I also want to thank the Boston fans. You guys are the best! Thank you for every encouraging word during each game. Thank you for showing what true passion for a club is. Today, I am convinced that everything I learned and lived during my time with the @redsox will be fundamental for whatever God has in store for me with the @indians Thank you Red Sox and Red Sox fans. Eternally grateful.”

Leon spent five years with the Red Sox and won a World Series with the team in 2018. 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The biggest thing that happened this year is you lose James Develin. That was the biggest blow to the offense, the fullback position. The fullback position and a blocking tight end, if you’re not able to go into 22, 21 personnel … you lose that guy, it is hard to run your power plays, your counter plays, it is hard to run the plays that you love, your bread and butter.” -- Rob Ninkovich, to GHS, on the Patriots losing James Develin

 

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