It's time for our second rendition of the AA Fan Forum. You can check out our first post here with thoughts on announcers from New York to Oakland. Throughout the month of August (and maybe even beyond), we'll be giving you the floor at AA to write about your favorite MLB team's local announcers. Check back this weekend for more thoughts from baseball fans and AA readers from around the country in the AA forum.
Mets fans around the world don't have a whole lot to be proud of these days when it comes to our team and what goes on around it. We have had our moments of glory and of course many moments of despair the past five years, but for 125 games or so, Mets fans do have one thing to be very proud of, win or lose. I'm talking about our television announcers in the Sportsnet New York booth, Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and the always famous (and the inspiration behind my blog) Keith Hernandez.
Gary Cohen is considered the best baseball announcer in the game today behind the legendary Vin Scully and was able to move from the radio booth in 2006 to television without missing a beat. His signature home run call "Its Outta Here" is simple and not over the top. He is a fair broadcaster who does not shy away from the big issues surrounding the team and has no problem voicing an opinion that is not team friendly. He has an amazing knowledge of team history and also knows when to speak and when to let the game breathe before being able to again explain the action perfectly.
Ron Darling is one of the best analysts in the game today and you all may know him from his work nationally for TBS during the playoffs since the 2007 season. He has a great knowledge of the game and is the perfect compliment to Keith who focuses on the hitting side while Ron does the pitching part. Darling is the best analyst in New York, and even Yankee fans can agree with that.
Finally, we have the man, the myth and the legend, Keith Hernandez. A former MVP and 2 time world champion, he is able to bring not only great knowledge to the game, but also some funny moments which works perfectly with the straight man attitude that Darling and Cohen bring to the broadcast. Keith is very much an old school announcer and does a great job of relating what he did in his playing days as compared to what he sees during the game. He is also not afraid to rip any and all players, although has his moments as a "homer." It's comparable more to Ron Santo's lovable style and not Hawk Harrelsson's moronic style.
Like I said, Mets Fans don't have much going in our favor, but since 2006, we have the best announcers in the game today and when Vin Scully retires, our booth will be the best. We don't win much in Queens, but in this case, it's not even close.
***Matthew was also the originator of the famous Vin Scully World Series petition. We're still counting on you to make that happen, Fox!
As a lifelong Dodger fan, I am spoiled. Vin Scully has lost a little bit, although part of it may be due to trying to serve TV and radio when he simulcasts, but he is still better than anybody else on the air now. Charley Steiner and Rick Monday are fine on radio -- Steiner is less descriptive than I like in radio pbp and Monday doesn't add much, but he doesn't talk too much, which is a refreshing change from most color commentators. When Scully misses a telecast -- he doesn't travel east of Denver -- Eric Collins and Steve Lyons fill in. Alice Roosevelt Longworth said if you can't say something nice about someone, sit by me. She'd love hearing about these two. Collins tries. Lyons tries my patience.
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