John Flaherty had a 14 year MLB career where he has the distinction of being an inaugural Devil Ray and having a walk-off hit in a classic Yankees vs. Red Sox game. John has been a fixture in the home of Yankees fans since his retirement from baseball as not only an analyst but doing play by play for the YES Network. What is the toughest part of transitioning from the diamond to the booth? Find out as we ask John 10 Questions in Quarantine.
While stuck in quarantine, if you could only watch three movies, which three would you pick?
What is your favorite TV show of all-time?
What is the best concert you have ever attended?
U2 in 1986
What is your favorite meal?
Del Friscos Steak
What was your first part time job?
Washing dishes in a nearby dinner place
Did you have a hidden talent you’d like to tell the readers about? If not, what is your favorite hobby?
My favorite hobbies are anything where I’m working out. Gym, running, biking, swimming. I also love golf.
What is your favorite sports moment as a fan?
USA Hockey Team at Lake Placid
Yankees fans most fondly remember you for getting the walk-off hit in the Derek Jeter “Dive” game against the Red Sox. Is there another singular moment in your career that stands out to you above the rest?
My first game in the Big Leagues, I had a double in my first at bat. I also caught a no hitter and we lost. The Matt Young game in 1992.
Is there one pitcher that you never faced that you wish you could have as sort of a “dream matchup” for you?
I was supposed to face Nolan Ryan my rookie year but he was scratched from his start. Obviously not a dream matchup but I would have loved to say I faced him even if I struck out three times.
You have many roles at the YES Network being an analyst both in the studio and in the booth and doing play by play for games. What was the transition like going from playing in MLB games to now calling them?
It has been a slow process, but one that I have enjoyed. I love going to work everyday and it is different. I might be in the studio or I could be doing some play by play. The toughest part is being critical of players when they have a bad game. I feel that you have to be honest but fair, in that there might be reasons that I see that lead to the struggles. I will always remember how hard the game is.
You can follow John on Twitter @flash17yes
Stay tuned to our "Questions in Quarantine" as we have some great interviews being published throughout the next week!