Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


Yankees Drop Singer Over Jewish Slur

Blogger says fans won’t miss the tenor

Print Email

Ronan Tynan is the guy who sings “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch at Yankee Stadium—and a Paralympic gold-medalist, a former member of the Irish Tenors, and a devout enough Catholic to have performed at the installation of New York’s new archbishop, Timothy Dolan, earlier this year. (He also sang Ave Maria at Ronald Reagan’s funeral.) But according to NBC New York, Ronan Tynan may also be a little bit of a casual anti-Semite. According to the station, a real estate agent who was showing an apartment in Tynan’s building on Thursday reassured the singer that his potential new neighbors weren’t Red Sox fans, prompting Tynan to respond, “I don’t care about that, as long as they’re not Jewish.” Well, the apartment-hunter, Gabrielle Gold-von Simson, wasn’t amused, and, apparently, neither was Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, because the team abruptly canceled Tynan’s scheduled performance during tonight’s American League championship opener against the Anaheim Angels in the Bronx. Tynan says he was just making a stupid, callous joke, but, hey, as’s own blogger Josh Alper points out, given how many people like to diss Tynan’s overwrought stylings (and how cold it’s supposed to be in the stands later), it might have been just the excuse the team was looking for to drop him.

Yanks Bench Tenor After Jewish ‘Joke’ [NBC New York]

Print Email

Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

I appreciate your bright ideas in this prescription article. Great work!Iike pandora charms jewelry.


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Yankees Drop Singer Over Jewish Slur

Blogger says fans won’t miss the tenor

More on Tablet:

Cancer, As We Know It

By Stephanie Butnick — Our coverage of the illness is raw, inspiring, scientific, sad, historical, and familial. Have a look.