No team has more championships, arouses more passion or is followed as closely as the New York Yankees. Now Central New York has its own weekly show that brings you closer to the Pinstripes – It’s the Aflac New York Yankees Show with your host, Mike Bristol, airing each Saturday morning from 11 a.m. to noon on ESPN Radio 97.7, 100.1 FM, along with 1200 and 1400 AM, originating from the Summit Cars Yankee Studios in downtown Syracuse.
From the latest Yankee news to interviews with current and former players, trivia contests and prize giveaways, it’s an action-packed hour that every Yankee fan will love!
Bristol is the host and founder of the “New York Yankees Show” on ESPN Radio 97.7 and 100.1. Mike is also creator and host of ESPN’s, “Inside High School Sports.” Mike is the official publicist and marketing manager for Syracuse University head basketball coach Jim Boeheim and his wife Juli. He is also the project manager for New York Knicks Star, 2 time Olympic Champion and SU great Carmelo Anthony.
Bristol’s work with Boeheim and Anthony extends to fundraising. He directs the fundraising for the Jim Boeheim Foundation and is the project manager and creator for Carmelo Anthony and Boeheim’s “Courts for Kids” and “Sneakers 4 Kids” projects. Bristol is the director for the Jim Boeheim Fantasy Camp for men 35 plus. Bristol also works closely on fundraising for the Carmelo Anthony Foundation helping to generate the capital through corporate sponsorship and strategic partnerships.
Mike’s ties to Syracuse University extend past Boeheim and Anthony. He represents Assistant SU Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Hopkins and helps many other SU Legends in their post careers by designing campaigns, charitable events, tournaments, endorsement contracts, on air work and more.
Mike also has more than a decade of professional sports broadcasting experience in radio, television and online. Besides ESPN, his voice has been heard on Time Warner Sports and Syracuse.com. Mike has also provided play-by-play coverage of high school playoffs in New York State for the sports of football, basketball and lacrosse.
The SUNY Brockport graduate (Class of 1997) has been responsible for creating some of the best and most exciting marketing campaigns in Central New York, working with both national companies and local charities to get their message out. Mike’s “7 Enterprises” Sports Marketing Firm helps companies create advertising campaigns and reaches out to celebrity athletes and coaches for speaking engagements, appearances and endorsement opportunities.
In his spare time, Bristol is an accomplished singer and musician with the band New Day, a very successful musical group that has played all over Syracuse and New York State (www.newdayband.com). Bristol’s song “Lost Girl” is going to be featured on the “Lost Girls” soundtrack. They wrote a travel memoir published by Harper Collins, and the movie rights were bought by Warner Brothers.
The Marcellus alum (Class of 1993) brings passion and enthusiasm to the ESPN microphone as the host of Inside High School Sports and Syracuse Legends. He has assembled a talented and enthusiastic supporting cast that continues to put both shows at the top. He entertains listeners and delivers a positive message to the high school sports and Syracuse community year after year.
Mark Feinsand who has covered the Yankees since 2001, making him the second-longest tenured member of the most competitive beat in professional sports.
A former Chairman of the Baseball Writers Association of America’s New York chapter, Feinsand joined MLB Network as a Yankees Insider for the 2014 season. He has been a frequent contributor to ESPN, YES, SNY and WNBC-TV, also appearing on radio stations around the United States and Canada.
Stephen Joseph Grilli
Stephen Joseph Grilli (born May 2, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former right-handed pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays. Grilli played for six seasons in baseball, but only played in the major league for parts of four seasons. After graduating from Gannon University, Grilli was signed as an undrafted amateur free agent by the Tigers in the middle of the 1970 season, although he didn’t make his major league debut until five years later at the age of twenty-six on September 19, 1975 as a reliever in a game against the Boston Red Sox at Tiger Stadium in which he pitched three innings and allowed one hit without surrendering a run]Plagued by control problems with his pitches and walking more batters than he struck out, he worked out of the bullpen for the next two years until being purchased by the Blue Jays before the 1978 season.
Wearing uniform number 45, a change from the number 49 he wore in Detroit, Grilli worked as a starter during some seasons and as a closer in others while playing in the Blue Jays organization. Grilli made his final major league appearance on September 17, 1979 in a loss against the Boston Red Sox at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
He was apparently traded to the Orioles organization during the 1981 season, as he played for their AAA affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings. There, on June 23, 1981, he pitched the 33rd inning of the longest professional baseball game, a game whose first 32 innings were played in April, before he’d even joined the team. He faced three batters and gave up one run without recording an out against the Pawtucket Red Sox, recording the loss.
Grilli retired after the 1981 season at the age of thirty-two, with a 4-3 win-loss record in seventy appearances over four seasons in the majors.
He has a son, Jason, who is currently a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Grilli also is the owner of a bar in the city of Syracuse, New York, call the “Change of Pace” The wings at the bar are often voted by locals as the best in Central New York.