Tynan, well-known for his addition of obscure extra lyrics to "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch, got into hot water after a run-in with a real estate broker trying to sell an apartment in his New York City building. Here are the particulars, as reported by NBC New York.
Tynan has apologized for the comment, using the always popular "I have Jewish friends" appeal. He also says that it was just a joke, but the fallout has already claimed his most high-profile gig.
The real estate agent said to the tenor, famous for his association with Yankees, "Don't worry they are not Red Sox fans," according to the apartment-hunter, Dr. Gabrielle Gold-von Simson.
To which Tynan replied, "I don't care about that, as long as they are not Jewish," Gabrielle Gold-von Simson told NBC New York. "Why is that?" asked a flabbergasted Gold-von Simson of the singer.
And Tynan responded that Jewish ladies had been looking at the apartment before and they were "scary," according to Gold-von Simson.
Opinions may vary on how enjoyable you find Tynan's rendition of the song, but no one can say that a Yankee game is unable to go forward without Tynan in attendance. The Yankees won games before Tynan started singing songs and they can win games without him singing songs. He probably won't be missed by many in attendance on Friday night. Given the cold and rainy conditions in the Bronx, anything that makes the game move at a crisper pace will be appreciate by the bundled masses yearning to see a Yankee victory.